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Greater Peoria International Asian Carp Conference
August 21, 20157:30 am - 7:00 pm$40
REGISTRATION, PEORIA RIVERFRONT MUSEUM, 7:30 A.M.
Coffee and Pastries
Jennifer Daly, CEO Greater Peoria EDC
SESSION #1, PEORIA RIVERFRONT MUSEUM, 8:00 – 9:00 A.M. Vision of Opportunity
Speaker: Eric Schenck, Ducks Unlimited
People are instinctively drawn to water and are willing to pay a premium for waterfront property. The Illinois River and Peoria Lake is the “waterfront” for Greater Peoria. Unfortunately, the quality of this natural asset falls short of its potential. Come listen to Eric Schenk explore how the Water Resources Team of the Greater Peoria Economic Development Corporation is narrowing this gap by first recognizing the important role of the Illinois River
and Peoria Lake as OUR “Yellowstone Park” and “Central Park.”
Speaker: John Goss , Advisor on Asian Carp to the US Fish and Wildlife Service
John Goss will provide an update on the coordinated strategy developed by federal and state agencies for controlling the spread of Asian Carp. Federal agencies are spending about $50 Million per year to block Asian Carp from entering Lake Michigan and the Great Lakes and to create control tools for reducing the Asian Carp population in the Mississippi and Ohio River basins. Harvesting and processing Asian Carp will greatly contribute to the strategy to reduce the pressure on native fish in rivers in the Midwest.
BREAK, PEORIA RIVERFRONT MUSEUM, 9:00 – 9:30 A.M.
Viewing of the Illinois River Exhibit & moving to the Gateway Building
SESSION #2, GATEWAY BUILDING, 10:00 – 11:30 A.M.
Dave Buchanon, Commercial Fisherman
Pamela Ingersoll-Goede, Water Quality Supervisor
Asian Carp has been recognized as a major problem affecting the health of the Illinois River and the Great Lakes. Using market-based solutions, our panel will explore how Asian Carp can become an economic opportunity that creates jobs, helps commercial fishermen, and provides products to the market- all while reducing the Asian Carp population and making our rivers better.
LUNCH & KEYNOTE SPEAKER, PACKARD PLAZA, 11:45 – 1:00 P.M.
Speaker: Mike Hoffman, Chief Operating Officer for the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
SESSION #3, GATEWAY BUILDING, 1:30 – 3:00 P.M.
Innovative Market & Conditioning Panel
Dr. Mark Morgan, University of Missouri, School of Natural Resources
John Goss, Advisor on Asian Carp to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
The panel will discuss how Asian Carp must be eradicated to a sustainable level, which will create opportunities for new industries to grow in the region. Asian Carp can become a consistent supply of product, all while reducing its population in the Illinois River ecosystem.
BREAK, GATEWAY BUILDING, 3:00-3:30 P.M.
Refreshments and a light snack.
SESSION #4, GATEWAY BUILDING, 3:30-4:30
Clint Carter, Carter’s Fish Market
Kelly Presley, Presley Outdoors
One hurdle has presented itself to market solutions for Asian Carp: the marketing conditions for products and International Trade Agreements. In this panel, we will explore how the United States and international markets can create job growth and reduce the threat of Asian Carp overpopulation.
CONFERENCE WRAP, GATEWAY BUILDING, 4:30 P.M.
Speaker: Leigh Ann Brown, Regional Carp Coordinator
CARPE DIEM SOCIAL, PACKARD PLAZA, 5:00 – 6:30 P.M.
Join us at this fun social to enjoy Asian Carp culinary samples, carp fileting demonstration, and displays.
Former Asian Carp Project Director, White House Council on Environmental Quality
John Goss currently serves as an adviser to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Asian Carp control strategies. John previously worked for the White House Council on Environmental Quality directing federal and state agency efforts to keep Asian Carp out of the Great Lakes. John retired from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources after serving as Director from 2001-2005.
Owner, Ducks Unlimited
Eric Schenck, an Illinois native, has 20 years of experience in wildlife conservation, more than half of which has been with Ducks Unlimited. Eric previously worked as Director of Conservation for the Wildlife Management Institute and Chief of Environmental Services for the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks. Prior to being named Regional Biologist for Illinois, he served as Ducks Unlimited’s Manager of Agricultural Policy in Washington, D.C.
Dave Buchanan has been a Deputy with the Mason County Sheriff’s Office, the Chief of Police in San Jose and a Patrolman with the Peoria Police Department since 1995. In his spare time he enjoys fishing, and runs a commercial fishing business on the Illinois River.
Dr. Mark Morgan
Associate Professor, University of Missouri-Columbia
Dr. Mark Morgan is an Associate Professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He teaches classes in and conducts research on the human dimensions of natural resources management. A former Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Morgan has traveled extensively in Asian countries where carp are considered to be a delicacy. In his spare time, Mark enjoys catching and eating fish.
Chief Operating Officer, DCEO
Michael Hoffman was named Chief Operating Officer for the Illinois Department of Commerce in March 2015. In his role, Mike assists the Director by running daily operations, advising on strategy, and managing the department’s ongoing organizational change. The vast majority of Mike’s professional career was spent as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Marine Crops. In his 15 years of service, Mike served in a variety of command and leadership roles.
Owner, Carter’s Fish Market
Clint Carter, Owner of Carter’s Fish Market, takes pride in his restaurant and in our nation’s national resources. Specifically, our nation’s once bountiful waterways. Clint believes it is with sustainability and environmental management in mind that they have been working to promote the usage of invasive species as a focused diversion from our traditional Fish Market endeavors.
Owner, Presley Outdoors
Kelly Presley is the proud Owner of Presley Outdoors. A few decades after opening, Presley’s South Side Worm Ranch evolved to include guns and hunting supplies. In December of 2004, the Presley family packed up their business and moved it to its current location in Bartonville, Illinois. The 35,000-square-foot space has allowed them to expand their inventory of hunting and fishing gear and create an indoor archery range.
Greater Peoria Region welcomes you with on-street free parking right out in front of the Gateway Building (between Hamilton and the I-74 bridge) all day Friday, August 21.