Focus Areas
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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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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Harmful Algal Blooms in Lake Erie and Drinking Water
Happy 313th Birthday Detroit!
Harmful Algal Bloom Forecast
Reefs and Restoration: Bringing Back the Fish
Michigan Clean Marina Workshop
Developing Tools, New Ideas and Funding to Support Waterfront Planning
Rip Current Awareness Week!
Great Lakes FieldScope
Job Posting: Sea Grant Extension
Summer Discovery Cruises
  • Harmful Algal Blooms in Lake Erie and Drinking Water
  • Happy 313th Birthday Detroit!
  • Harmful Algal Bloom Forecast
  • Reefs and Restoration: Bringing Back the Fish
  • Michigan Clean Marina Workshop
  • Developing Tools, New Ideas and Funding to Support Waterfront Planning
  • Rip Current Awareness Week!
  • Great Lakes FieldScope
  • Job Posting: Sea Grant Extension
  • Summer Discovery Cruises

Harmful Algal Blooms in Lake Erie and Drinking Water

Recent tests at a water treatment plant on Lake Erie found elevated levels of the toxin microcystin, which is produced by blue-green algae, in the drinking water for Toledo, Ohio as well as communities in southeast Michigan. The toxin was part of the Harmful Algal Bloom, or HAB, that was found in the western basin of the lake.

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