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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A History of Wetlands in Michigan
Exploring place-based education from the student perspective
Fellowships: Apply Now!
Great Lakes Clean Marina Mini-grants
Planning for the future of Ontonagon’s Waterfront
Fall 2015 Upwellings
Microplastics on tap at October conference
Planning for the future of Au Gres’ Waterfront
Great Lakes Fisheries Heritage Consortium Conference
Invasive red swamp crayfish remains found in Holland
  • A History of Wetlands in Michigan
  • Exploring place-based education from the student perspective
  • Fellowships: Apply Now!
  • Great Lakes Clean Marina Mini-grants
  • Planning for the future of Ontonagon’s Waterfront
  • Fall 2015 Upwellings
  • Microplastics on tap at October conference
  • Planning for the future of Au Gres’ Waterfront
  • Great Lakes Fisheries Heritage Consortium Conference
  • Invasive red swamp crayfish remains found in Holland

A History of Wetlands in Michigan

Coastal wetlands are among the most biologically productive ecosystems in the world, supporting an incredible variety of species. However, for many decades wetlands were viewed as blight on the landscape – dangerous wastelands filled with disease. This three-part series explores the historic role of wetlands in Michigan and more contemporary understandings of the full benefits wetlands provide to both human and natural communities. learn more