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Save the Lake Fish Fry

Join us in Gimli on Sunday, June 30, for the Save the Lake Fish Fry!

Organized by the Gimli Yacht Club and the Kiwanis Club of Gimli & District.

This family-friendly fundraising event features education, fun and food – all in support of a healthy Lake Winnipeg.

When: June 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Outside Gimli Yacht Club (Gimli Harbour; 95 1st Avenue) – If it rains, we’ll move indoors!

All proceeds raised will be donated to the Lake Winnipeg Research Consortium (LWRC) and the Lake Winnipeg Foundation (LWF).
 Activities include:
– Presentations starting at 10 a.m. from Alex Martin, expedition kayaker; Dr. Alexis Kanue, Executive Director, LWF; and Dr. Karen Scott, Science & Education Programs, LWRC
– Pickerel lunch for adults (with hotdogs for kids) at 12 p.m.; adult’s plate $10; kid’s plate $5
– Sailboat rides and harbour tours
– Gimli Yacht Club open house
– Raffles with great prizes – including a trip onboard the MV Namao research vessel!

Organizers are aiming to raise $8,000 in donations in advance of the event.  Donate now  –  then join us on June 30th!


Open House on board Motor Vessel Namao 

Ever wondered what the big blue ship at the end of the main pier is all about?  Find out during the LWRC’s Open House on board MV Namao.

When: June 30th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: At the ship –  end of the main pier in Gimli

See you on the ship!


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

Dr. Herb Lawler – founding Director, LWRC

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.


Invitation to Submit Manuscripts to a Lake Winnipeg Special Issue – Journal of Great Lakes Research (JGLR) 

We will be working with the IAGLR editors – Drs. Bob Hecky and Stephanie Guildford – to commence the process of another Special Issue on Lake Winnipeg in the JGLR. If you are interested in submitting a paper, please email Dr. Karen Scott via the Contact form. Note that there are no page charges for special issues and the JGLR is published every two months with special issues being part of this schedule. 

2018 Scholarship recipient


Honour’s and Graduate Student Scholarship 

The application deadline is December 15th, 2018. Click for more information and to download the application form. Last year’s 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.


Lake Ecology Field Program – Spring 2019

The Lake Ecology Field Program will next be offered in the spring of 2019. See the Education page for more details on how to apply. 


Ryan (right) with Ken

Motor Vessel Namao out of drydock

In 2018, the drydock facility at Hnausa, which is used to service the Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation’s vessel, was modified to accommodate the considerably larger M.V. Namao. LWRC’s Superintendent of Marine Operations, Ryan Johnson, (shown here with Ken Anderson, former 2nd Engineer) oversaw the re-fit inspection and repairs. 

2018 Water Award recipient



2018 Recipient of the LWRC’s Water Award – 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