The mission of the LTBB Great Lakes Fisheries Program of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians is to (1) understand the waters (Great Lakes and Inland) associated with the LTBB Reservation; (2) monitor trends and impacts on the resources; (3) develop natural resource management regulations; and (4) manage data and provide documentation of results.  The LTBB fisheries management objectives are consistent with the Fish Community Objectives and encompass broad ecological concepts to protect the resource.

In addition, we follow the “Common Goal for Great Lakes Fishery Agencies”:  “To secure fish communities, based on foundations of stable self-sustaining stocks, supplemented by judicious plantings of hatchery-reared fish, and provide from these communities an optimum contribution of fish, fishing opportunities, and associated benefits to meet needs identified by society for: wholesome food, recreation, cultural heritage, employment and income, and a healthy aquatic ecosystem”. 

We collect biological data from biota of the Great Lakes to inform the regulation, preservation, and conservation of resources that are important to the Tribe. This work includes assessing important fish species, monitoring tribal commercial harvest, and enhancing and studying the resources of the Great Lakes. Much of this work is directly linked to implementation of the 2000 Decree, which calls for coordinated assessment activities designed to collect specific biological information about Great Lakes fish stocks.


Kevin Donner – Great Lakes Fishery Biologist
Adrienne Kral – Senior Great Lakes Management Technician
Vacant – Great Lakes Research Technician