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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
More than 350 resource managers, scientists, elected officials, planners, students and interested citizens, are expected to attend to hear top experts and learn about the current status and science behind Lake Michigan and beach restoration and management. Michigan Sea Grant staff members are presenting and organizing sessions at the conferences. Microplastics in the Great Lakes will be the topic of the keynote panel discussion. Recent research has found anywhere from 1,500 to 1.1 million microbeads per square mile in the Great Lakes. learn more