News From the LWRC's Programs

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Channel Catfish and Walleye
Research Findings Seminar
Monday September 30th, 2019 at 6:30 pm

Fish Futures is hosting a FREE seminar featuring updates on a 7-year Channel Catfish project and a 3-year Walleye (and numerous species) movement patterns and ecology study taking place in the Red River drainage basin including Lake Winnipeg. 

To register, email Fish Futures at: with name and number of people attending. Free admission but space is limited. 


                                         UPDATE – Lake Winnipeg Special Issue
Journal of Great Lakes Research
Manuscript submissions now open!

The Journal of Great Lakes Research (JGLR) is the official journal of the International Association of Great Lakes Research (IAGLR), devoted to research on large lakes of the world and their watersheds. The LWRC’s Science Program is working with the IAGLR editors – Drs. Bob Hecky and Stephanie Guildford – on another Special Issue for Lake Winnipeg.

If you would like to contribute to this Special Issue, please visit the journal’s homepage at, where you will find links to both the Manuscript Submission Site and Guide for Authors. When submitting manuscripts, please select the article type “SI: Lake Winnipeg 2020”.


UPDATE – Call for Sessions & Workshops Announced
63rd Annual IAGLR Conference
Winnipeg, Manitoba
June 8th to 12th, 2020

The 63rd Annual Conference on Great Lakes Research will be held at the RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg from June 8th to 12th, 2020. Hosted by the IISD-ELA, the conference will feature four days of scientific sessions, speakers, and discussions centred around the theme 2020: Focusing on the Future with a Special Session on Lake Winnipeg. Attendees will also have the opportunity to visit IISD-ELA, the self-proclaimed world’s freshwater laboratory, as well as the LWRC’s research vessel Namao.

Check the conference website for updates at



Open House on board Motor Vessel Namao 

We are pleased that a record 760 people toured the ship in just three hours at our Open House on board the Motor Vessel Namao on the Canada Day long weekend.

Nicole Turner, 2018–2019 scholarship recipient.

Scholarship Recipients 2018–2019 

The LWRC offered two scholarships in 2018–2019. Nicole Turner is a graduate student at Lakehead University, studying under Dr. Michael Rennie. Nicole’s thesis is focused on evaluating movement patterns of walleye in Lake Winnipeg by using previously unpublished provincial tagging and fisheries-based recapture data from the 1950s and 1970s, as well as current data derived from an acoustic telemetry study conducted by scientists from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Combined, these datasets will help Nicole evaluate historical rates of exchange between north and south basin walleye, differences in movement rates between dwarf and normal walleye strains, and temporal changes in distribution ranges of walleye. Ultimately, assessing temporal changes and contemporary movement patterns of walleye will help inform current fisheries management practices in Lake Winnipeg.

Rachel Mandryk is an undergraduate student at the University of Manitoba, studying under Dr. Tim Papakyriaku.The objectives of Rachel’s research include (1) constructing a methane budget by estimating the air-sea methane fluxes during the ice-free season; (2) quantifying where the methane is originating from, whether it is of pelagic, littoral or benthic origin; and (3) identifying relationships between methane concentrations and other factors such as the extent of anoxic conditions and the presence of methanogenic organisms, among others. Methane is an important greenhouse gas.

Thomas sorting forage fish on board the Namao.

2019 Recipient of the LWRC’s Water Award
Manitoba Schools Science Symposium

Thomas Gale, grade 7, was the 2019 recipient of the LWRC’s Water Award for his outstanding project called “Microplastics: can washing a blanket pollute the environment?”. He were honoured to have Thomas come aboard M/V Namao twice this summer–first was to share his project to the general public during our Open House, and then as part of the science team for a half day. Congratulations Thomas for an excellent project.


Dr. Herb Lawler, founding director of the LWRC

Dr. G. Herbert Lawler
June 13, 1923 – May 2, 2019

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Herb Lawler, founding Director of the Lake Winnipeg Research Consortium (LWRC). Between 1950 and 1988, Herb had an impressive career with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, including an appointment as Director General for the Central and Arctic Region in Winnipeg and acting Assistant Deputy Minister in Ottawa.  In his retirement, Herb was actively involved in the founding of the LWRC and served on its board until his passing.  In recognition of Herb’s important contributions to the LWRC and Lake Winnipeg, the LWRC’s graduate student scholarship will be re-named the Herb Lawler Memorial Scholarship. Herb is greatly missed.


2018 Scholarship recipient 

Scholarship Recipient 2017–2018

The Scholarship recipient was Masoud Goharrokhi, Ph.D student at the University of Manitoba. Masoud’s research involved using “sediment fingerprinting” to determine the sources and movement of suspended sediment within Lake Winnipeg – including erosion, tributary inflows, and resuspension.

2018 Water Award recipient



LWRC’s Water Award 2018 
Manitoba Schools Science Symposium

Miriam Alarie was the 2018 recipient of the LWRC’s Water Award for her project entitled “La rivière Rouge serait-elle la source de pollution du lac Winnipeg?”. Miriam is shown here on board the M/V Namao helping to sort the forage fish catch. Congratulations Myriam for an excellent project.

Dan Richmond – Superintendent of Marine Operations and Chief Engineer

A final farewell to Dan Richmond

Dan Richmond, LWRC’s Superintendent of Marine Operations, passed away in October 2016.

On August 14th, 2017, a family ceremony took place on board M.V. Namao to release Dan’s ashes into Lake Winnipeg. Dan’s passion for ships, and especially ship’s engines, resulted in a 35-year career with the Canadian Coast Guard, followed by a “retirement” in the engine room of the M.V. Namao as Chief Engineer, as well as Superintendent of Marine Operations, for the LWRC. Dan is greatly missed by the staff, science group and crew of the M/V Namao