Focus Areas
Native and Invasive Species

Many plants and animals rely on the Great Lakes to survive. Learn more about the birds, plants and animals — native and invasive — that call the Great Lakes home.

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Boating and Marinas

Michigan Sea Grant helps promote safe and environmentally sound boating and marina practices through things like the Know Your Nets campaigns and the Clean Marina Program.

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Coastal Communities

The Great Lakes are crucial to Michigan’s culture and economic vitality. Explore how the Great Lakes are intertwined with our way of life through land use, jobs reports, water access, coastal development and more.

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Hazards

It is important to be aware of potential Great Lakes hazards like dangerous currents, extreme storms and floods, harmful algal blooms and boater safety. The best way to combat these dangers is to be prepared and know how to respond.

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Restoration

From drinking water to economies built on commercial fisheries, restoration is fundamental to keeping the Great Lakes viable. MSG is leading and partnering on several large-scale restoration projects.

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Fisheries

Recreational, commercial and tribal fisheries are a vital part of Michigan’s heritage. Michigan Sea Grant conducts scientific research to lay the groundwork for sound fishery management.

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Thermal bars make appearance on Great Lakes
Upwellings June 2015
Celebrate Michigan Boating Week June 6-14
Hydrilla verticillata: Status of “the perfect aquatic weed”
Summer Discover Cruises 2015 Schedule Released
Be Current Smart
Call for Volunteers
Special Edition Upwellings: Michigan Seafood Summit
First Michigan Seafood Summit a Great Success
Upwellings February 2015
  • Thermal bars make appearance on Great Lakes
  • Upwellings June 2015
  • Celebrate Michigan Boating Week June 6-14
  • Hydrilla verticillata: Status of “the perfect aquatic weed”
  • Summer Discover Cruises 2015 Schedule Released
  • Be Current Smart
  • Call for Volunteers
  • Special Edition Upwellings: Michigan Seafood Summit
  • First Michigan Seafood Summit a Great Success
  • Upwellings February 2015

Thermal bars make appearance on Great Lakes

When the water begins to warm in the Great Lakes many observe a band of calm or placid water running parallel to shore. These are called thermal bars and are a function of the physical nature of water as it warms in the Great Lakes when spring warming occurs. learn more