Great Lakes Law Enforcement Committee

The Great Lakes Law Enforcement Committee serves to protect, enhance and promote the safe and wise use of the natural resources in the Great Lakes for present and future generations and in doing so, the Law Enforcement Committee is charged to:

  • Promote recognition that the Great Lakes fisheries resource is a shared, renewable resource whose protection and enhancement requires close cooperation between all jurisdictions charged with the responsibility of resource protection.
  • Promote recognition and acceptance that law enforcement is an integral part of effective Great Lakes fisheries and fisheries habitat management.
  • Promote cooperation among all Great Lakes law enforcement jurisdictions by:
    • Identifying and promoting Great Lakes law enforcement priorities and tactics;
    • Sharing of law enforcement information;
    • Supporting investigations that span jurisdictional lines;
    • Supporting development and dissemination of information about emerging enforcement technologies and techniques; and
    • Development and recommending consistent regulations and commensurate penalties among jurisdictions.
  • Provide a basin update annually to the Great Lakes Fishery Commission.
  • Ensure law enforcement information is made available for incorporation into fisheries management decision-making.
  • Participate in the management of fisheries resources and fish habitat by preventing exploitation by unlawful means.

Great Lakes Law Enforcement Committee Terms of Reference


  • Bob Stroess, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Chair
  • Brenda Koenig, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Vice-Chair
  • Ben Carrick, Bay Mills Indian Community
  • Jeff Collingwood, Ohio Department of Natural Resources
  • Larry DeSloover, Michigan Department of Natural Resources
  • Brandon Fehrenbacher, Illinois Department of Natural Resources
  • Graham Gordon, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Chris Groth, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
  • Daniel Huelsman, U.S. Coast Guard Ninth District
  • Gregory Jackson, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Fred Maulson, Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission
  • Dan North, Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission
  • Bob O’Conner, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Keith Olson, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
  • Terry Short, Michigan Department of Natural Resources
  • Vacant, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission

Updated June, 2019

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