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Michigan Sea Grant Awarded $5M to Continue Great Lakes Work

The Michigan Sea Grant College Program has received $2.1 million from the federal government, universities and partners in the first year of a four-year, $5 million grant award to support Great Lakes research, education and public outreach efforts in the state.

Michigan Sea Grant received about $1.4 million from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and about $721,000 from the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and other partners for the first year of the grant.

“Our program focuses on the goals of research, outreach and education about coastal issues, and on understanding and improving the economic status of coastal communities,” said Jim Diana, director of Michigan Sea Grant and a professor at the U-M School of Natural Resources and Environment. “Funding will support training for coastal businesses, public outreach about critical issues and three new research projects.”

See: Full News Release

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Michigan Clean Marina Workshop – Petoskey

Event Date: 4/15/2014

Join us for a Michigan Clean Marina workshop in Petoskey.

Michigan Clean Marina Event

Join us to learn more about the program

You are invited to attend an overview of the Michigan Clean Marina Program in Petoskey, Michigan.


Mark Breederland and Elizabeth LaPorte, Michigan Sea Grant


  • Overview of the program
  • How to become a Certified Clean Marina
  • Clean Marina Classroom online training
  • Benefits of becoming a Clean Marina
  • Questions and discussion

Stay for the MBIA meeting:

The Clean Marina meeting will be followed by appetizers and drinks (provided by MBIA) and then the regional Michigan Boating Industries Association meeting from 7-8:30 p.m.

Questions? Contact Mark Breederland at

Workshop Series

This event is part of the 2014 Michigan Clean Marina Workshop Series, a collaboration of Michigan Sea Grant and the MBIA. Workshops are currently being scheduled in coastal communities around the state.

The series is supported by the Michigan Coastal Management Program, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Office of the Great Lakes.

All events are free and open to the public.

Join Us!Clean Marina Workshop

Michigan Clean Marina Workshop – the public are encouraged to attend as well as community leaders and marina owner-operators who are interested in seeking certification.

3-6 p.m. Tuesday, April 15

Odawa Casino
1760 Lears Road
Petoskey, Mich. 49770

Break: Drinks and appetizers provided by MBIA

MBIA Regional Meeting

Northern Michigan MBIA Meeting – open to the public and anyone interested in learning more about the Michigan Boating Industries Association.

7-8:30 p.m., following the Clean Marina workshop

Healing Arts of Nature Event

Event Date: 4/16/2014

What: Soundscapes of Childhood: A Celebration of the Healing Arts of Nature
All are invited to share children’s stories with authors:
  • Tracy Gallup – A Roomful of Questions and Tree Crazy
  • Nancy Shaw – Raccoon Tune and Sheep Take a Hike
  • Hope Vestergaard – Hillside Lullaby and Baby Love
  • Elizabeth Goodenough – Secret Spaces of Childhood and A Place for Play
Participants can also be a part of a creative writing workshop and experience Soundscapes of Childhood, digital audio walks inspired by the Nichols Arboretum and created by University of Michigan Residential College students.
When: 3:30-5 p.m. April 16, 2014

Where: Nichols Arboretum,
Ann Arbor, Mich. 48104

Free event sponsored by the U-M C.S Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital.

The Future of Lake Sturgeon

Event Date: 4/8/2014

Interested in sturgeon in the Great Lakes? Want to learn more about restoration in the Detroit and St. Clair rivers? Join the Algonac-Clay Library for a free speaker event at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8.

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Michigan Sea Grant’s Mary Bohling will discuss restoration and outreach focused on the fish spawning reef construction in the rivers. Jim Felgenauer, president and founding member of St. Clair-Detroit River Sturgeon for Tomorrow, will discuss the importance of sturgeon in the river corridor.

The event will take place at the Algonac High School Lecture Hall, 5200 Taft Rd. in Algonac.
Questions? Call the library at (810) 794-4471.

Lake Erie Fishery Workshop

Event Date: 4/17/2014

You are invited to participate in the Lake Erie fishery workshop!

What: The workshop will provide valuable information for anglers, charter captains, resource professionals, and other community members interested in attending. Topics will include updates on Lake Erie fish populations and angler catch data, updates of fisheries management activities, the Asian Carp report, Harmful Algal Blooms and other Lake Erie-related topics of local interest.

When: 7-9 p.m. Thursday, April 17
Where: Monroe City Hall, Council Chambers
120 East First Street
Monroe, Michigan 48161-2169
Cost: Free, but registration is requested

To register or to get more information, contact: Mary Bohling at

See: Details and Agenda (PDF)


Michigan Sea Grant and Michigan State University Extension, in partnership with the Monroe Commission on the Environment & Water Quality, Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Division, Michigan Office of the Great Lakes, University of Michigan, NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, and local fishery organizations will be hosting an the regional workshop.

Sturgeon Festival

Event Date: 5/31/2014


The Sturgeon Festival is a one-day event focused on providing close encounters with the Giants of the Great Lakes.pic

Are you ready for your close encounter with this ancient freshwater fish?

When: 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, May 31

Where: Great Lakes Maritime Center in Downtown Port Huron

What: View live sturgeon and other native fish, browse indoor and outdoor displays with hands-on activities and drop in a workshop or presentation. The festival also features three Huron Lady Sturgeon Cruises with a live video feed from a diver underneath the boat which allows guests a view of the action from the bottom of the river.

Cost: Free!

For more information,

Sponsors: The Sturgeon Festival, organized by Friends of the St. Clair River Watershed, is a partnership between natural resource agencies, government, industry, scientists, anglers and recreationalists in order to highlight the ecosystem approach to managing fish and wildlife in the St. Clair River and to increase interest in restoring the lake sturgeon to higher levels of abundance.

Click More Facts to read more about lake sturgeon and local restoration projects in the St. Clair River.

The Great Lakes Community Mourns the Death of Carlos Fetterolf

Carlos Fetterolf died on Saturday after complications from a fall. Fetterolf was an outstanding individual and executive secretary of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, serving with honor and distinction from 1975 to 1992.

Fetterolf led the bi-national Great Lakes Fishery Commission during a time of enormous change in the Great Lakes basin, when water quality problems and fishery degradation threatened the future of the lakes. Ever the optimist, he promoted science, helped create the conditions necessary for large-scale fishery restoration, and facilitated negotiations over the 1981 Joint Strategic Plan for Management of Great Lakes Fisheries, a provincial, state, tribal and federal agreement that thrives today and guides cross-border fishery management.

“Carlos Fetterolf was a passionate spokesman for the Great Lakes Fishery Commission and for the resource,” said Commissioner Bill Taylor, associate director of Michigan Sea Grant and a distinguished professor of fisheries at Michigan State University. “He cared deeply about fish and the people who depend on them for food, recreation, subsistence, and income. As executive secretary, he understood the momentum of the 1970s and 1980s toward Great Lakes recovery and used the commission’s stature as a treaty-based institution to ensure the fishery would rebound in tandem with progress in other critical areas such as water quality and habitat improvements.”

Read the full Great Lakes Fishery Commission Statement

Lake St. Clair Fishery Workshop

Event Date: 4/15/2014

New for this year: A fishery workshop focused on the current research and information related to the status of the Lake St. Clair fishery.

Michigan Sea Grant and Michigan State University Extension, in partnership with the Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Division, will host an evening regional workshop dedicated to Lake St. Clair.

The workshop is open to the public, and will provide valuable information for anglers, charter captains, resource professionals, and other community members interested in attending.

When: 6-9 p.m., Tuesday, April 15
Where: VerKuilen Building Auditorium
21885 Dunham Road in Clinton Twp, MI 48036 – Entrance C
What: The workshop will include four talks, including:

  •  Todd Wills, Fisheries Research Biologist from the Lake St. Clair Fisheries Station will provide an update on the fishery.
  • Jason Smith (Michigan State University) will present his age-structured model that allows investigation into possible changes in the LSC muskie fishery.
  • Supervisor Sean Reynolds from the U.S. Border Patrol will speak on crossing the U.S. – Canada border for recreation and what boaters need to know.
  • Justin Selden and the St. Clair Reef Restoration Team will discuss the project: Restoring Spawning Habitat for Sturgeon and Native Fish.

The workshop is free, but registration is requested.

To register, please contact: Maureen Prisbe at (586) 469-6440 or
For program questions, contact: Justin Selden (586) 469-7139 or

More Details (PDF)

Trout Camp for Youths

Event Date: 7/6/2014
End Date: 7/10/2014

The Kalamazoo Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited will host the Michigan Youth Trout Camp July 6-July 10, 2014 at the Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center on Higgins Lake, in the heart of Northern Michigan trout country.

The four-day camp is designed to educate 12-16 year old boys and girls, who will become the next generation of conservation leaders, about the importance of protecting coldwater resources. Campers will learn that how we choose to use our land can affect the health of our streams, our trout and ourselves.

Deadline to register is May 31. For more details, see: Trout Unlimited Youth Camp

Questions? Contact: Greg Potter at (269) 963-0709 or email

Lake Huron Fishery Workshop – Cedarville

Event Date: 4/23/2014

Please Join us for Information on Great Lakes Fisheries!

This spring, Michigan Sea Grant Extension, in partnership with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Division, USGS Great Lakes Science Center and local fishery organizations will host three regional workshops along Lake Huron’s coastline.

Cedarville Meeting Details

When: 6-9 p.m., Wednesday, April 23
Where: Les Cheneaux Sportsman’s Club, M-134
Cedarville, Michigan 49719
See: Agenda (PDF)

Workshops are free and open to the public (but registration is requested: see below), and will provide valuable information for anglers, charter captains, resource professionals and other community members interested in the status of the fishery for the coming season. Topics will include information and updates regarding fish populations and angler catch data, native species such as Lake Huron walleye and lake trout, forage fish surveys, invasive species and fisheries management activities, among other Lake Huron related topics of local interest.

Additional workshops will be held:

  • Port Huron — 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, 2014
  • Alpena — 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2014

To register for any of these workshops, contact Val Golding, Michigan Sea Grant/MSU Extension Alpena County Office by email or at (989) 354-9870. For program information or questions, contact Brandon Schroeder, Michigan Sea Grant by email or at (989) 354-9885.

For more information on the workshops, see: Workshop Overview