Sustainable Small Harbors Webinar

Event Date: 5/8/2017

Michigan Sea Grant to host webinar about Sustainable Small Harbors project findings and next steps

On May 8 at 2–3:30 p.m. EDT, Michigan Sea Grant will host a webinar titled, “The Sustainable Small Harbors Project: Helping coastal communities re-imagine their waterfront.”

This webinar will provide an overview of the Sustainable Small Harbors project, an initiative to boost the long-term well-being of Michigan’s coastal communities. All people involved in coastal communities, both in and outside of Michigan, are invited to participate.

The Sustainable Small Harbors project arose in 2014 when many of Michigan’s small coastal communities were struggling to cope with fluctuating water levels, declining populations, and economic instability. The project research team (consisting of Lawrence Technological University, Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc., Veritas Economic Consulting, LLC, and David Larkin Knight, LLC) has assessed barriers preventing small harbor communities from becoming socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable.

Members of the project research team along with personnel from Michigan Sea Grant and Michigan State University Extension facilitated in-depth visioning workshops in six coastal communities to help community members identify potential growth areas for their waterfronts. By May 2017, the team will publish a guidebook to help other coastal communities analyze their own waterfront assets and develop strategies to bolster their long-term economic, social, and environmental stability.

“This effort empowers communities to overcome the burdens of their historic legacies,” says Jon Allan, director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s Office of the Great Lakes. “The process engaged community members in constructive conversations to create a shared vision.”

The 90-minute webinar will provide an overview of the project’s history, major findings and outcomes, and future directions. Representatives from the cities of New Baltimore and Ontonagon will speak about their experiences with the project. The webinar will conclude with an open question-and-answer session.

Registration is required to participate in this webinar, scheduled for May 8, 2017, at 2–3:30 p.m. EDT. Please register at:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with details about joining the webinar. Learn more about the project at:

Contact: Rhett Register, Michigan Sea Grant; (734) 647-0767, 

Boardman River Selective Fish Passage National Demonstration

Event Date: 4/11/2017

Keeping out the bad and encouraging the good!

April 11, 2017

ISEA Education Center, 100 Dame St., Suttons Bay, MI, 6:30–8 pm (Free to public)

This seminar will discuss a broad overview of the project and the preliminary ideas of the recently announced Selective Fish Passage Demonstration on the Boardman River. Announced by the Great Lakes Fishery Commission in Fall 2016, The Boardman River Union Street Dam site was chosen to implement a state-of-the-art system to keep adult sea lamprey upstream of the project site while allowing self-sustaining populations of various fish species to migrate to and from Lake Michigan and all the way up the Boardman River watershed. The project is in its very initial stages of a possible 10 year experiment to be followed with a long-term operational mode allowing such selective fish passage.

Mark Breederland works with Great Lakes coastal communities and has done so for over 25 years. He is a field-based educator with the Michigan Sea Grant College Program, Michigan State University Extension serving the Northwest Lower Michigan area from his base in Traverse City. He is collaborating with the Great Lakes Fishery Commission on the Boardman River Selective Fish Passage Project as part of the education and outreach team.

IAGLR 2017 – Register by May 1

Event Date: 5/15/2017
End Date: 5/19/2017

Join us on May 15-19, 2017, for IAGLR’s 60th annual Conference on Great Lakes Research. You’ll experience four days of scientific sessions and speakers focusing on the theme From Cities to Farms: Shaping Great Lakes Ecosystems. Registration is open until May 1. Learn more about the conference and register here.

Fishes of the Lower Grand River

Event Date: 4/18/2017

Birders commonly keep lifelists to track the species that they encounter. Why not do the same for fish? This talk will highlight some of the rare and unusual fish species found in the Grand. Attendees will also receive a checklist of the 100+ species found in local waters.

There is no cost to attend this talk by Dan O’Keefe of Michigan Sea Grant.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

St. John’s Episcopal Church
524 Washington AVE
Grand Haven, MI 49417

This presentation will be given at a regular meeting of the Owashtanong Islands Audubon Society.

History of Lake Michigan Fisheries

Event Date: 4/27/2017

Dr. Dan O’Keefe will discuss historic commercial fisheries and issues facing the modern salmon fishery.

Thursday, April 27, 2017
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Loutit District Library
407 Columbus AVE
Grand Haven, MI 49417

Request for Proposals: Great Lakes Clean Marina Network

Event Date: 4/17/2017

Michigan Sea Grant, as co-coordinator of the Great Lakes Clean Marina Network, is soliciting proposals for projects supporting Great Lakes Clean Marina Programs in 2017. Michigan Sea Grant anticipates awarding two grants with $5,000 as the maximum annual funding allowance per grant. The projects will run for up to one year, to be completed by April 30, 2018.

This request for proposals is open to all eight Great Lakes states of the Great Lakes Clean Marina Network (IL, IN, MI, MN, NY, OH, PA, WI). The network’s mission is to ensure that quality of life, economic prosperity, and environmental quality are achieved in the Great Lakes region by increasing participation in Clean Marina efforts.

This request for proposals focuses on two categories: 1) projects to expand the territory for Clean Marina certification within the Great Lakes Basin, or 2) projects that evaluate and/or support Clean Marina Program sustainability.

See: Funding Opportunities

Great Lakes Water Safety 2017 Conference

Event Date: 4/20/2017
End Date: 4/21/2017

Registration is open for water safety conference focused on ending drownings in the Great Lakes

ANN ARBOR, MI – Drownings in the Great Lakes were up 78 percent last year over the previous year. The Great Lakes Water Safety Consortium (GLWSC) is committed to ending drowning in the Great Lakes through collaboration, education, and action. The consortium will host the Great Lakes Water Safety 2017 Conference April 20-21 in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Presenters include first responders, wave and current research scientists, meteorologists, lifeguards, and other water safety experts and advocates from around the Great Lakes region.

“We know why drownings were up, and we know what we can do to bring them back down,” says Jamie Racklyeft, executive director of the GLWSC and rip current survivor. “Attendees will learn the latest research on dangerous waves and currents and how to avoid, escape, and safely save others from them.”

The conference will feature life-saving demonstrations and the latest drone technology being used to rescue people caught in the grip of rip currents and other dangerous conditions.

Who Should Attend?
Everyone is welcome to attend and learn about ways to end drowning. Parents, community leaders, teachers, police officers, firefighters, EMTs, park rangers, the media – anyone who wants to keep people safe as they enjoy the Great Lakes.

For more information about the conference, for training referrals, or to join the consortium for free, visit:

Great Lakes Water Safety Consortium
Jamie Racklyeft


The Great Lakes Water Safety Consortium is a community of BEST practice, connecting all groups and individuals interested in water safety to maximize our collective knowledge, resources, and actions to END DROWNING in the Great Lakes.

2017 Fisheries Workshops Series

Event Date: 4/4/2017
End Date: 5/24/2017

Michigan Sea Grant, in partnership with fisheries agencies and stakeholder organizations, hosts public information workshops annually. The workshops focus on current research and information related to the regional status of Great Lakes fisheries. These workshops are open to the public and provide valuable information for anglers, charter captains, resource professionals and other interested stakeholders.

If you’re interested in attending a workshop, please register using the information below so the organizers can plan accordingly.

Workshop Schedule

Port Huron
Tuesday, April 4
6–9 p.m.
Charles A. Hammond American Legion Hall, 1026 6th Street, Port Huron, MI 48060
Register Online

Bay City
Wednesday, April 12
6–9 p.m.
Bangor Township Hall, 3921 Wheeler Rd, Bay City, MI 48706
Register Online

Harrison Township
Thursday, April 13
6–9 p.m.
Sportsman’s Direct, 38989 Jefferson Ave, Harrison Township, MI 48045

South Haven 
Thursday, April 20, 2017
7–9:30 p.m.
South Haven Moose Lodge, 1025 Wells St., South Haven, MI 49090

Wednesday, April 26
6–9 p.m.
American Legion Oscoda, 349 S. State Street, Oscoda, MI 48750
Register Online

Thursday, April 27
6–9 p.m.
Clark Township Community Center, 133 E. M-134, Cedarville, MI 49719
Register Online

Wednesday, May 24
6–9 p.m.
Chocolay Township Hall, 5010 US-41, Harvey, MI 49855
Register Online

Michigan Aquaculture Internship Program

Event Date: 4/7/2017

Michigan Sea Grant is offering internship funding to undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career in aquaculture. Students who coordinate with a private, state, or federal hatchery to create a summer internship could receive $5,000 for an internship of at least half-time work. Interested students should submit application materials to a sponsoring faculty member at their home institution.

One student will be selected from each institution and forwarded to Michigan Sea Grant by Friday, March 31, 2017, at 12:00 pm (noon). Final funding decisions will be made at Michigan Sea Grant by April 7, 2017.

Farming for Fish? Webinar will explore how to get started

Event Date: 4/10/2017

Webinar series for beginning farmers includes an overview of this fast-growing business sector.

Aquaculture tanks are shown in a recirculating aquaculture facility. Photo: Todd Marsee | Michigan Sea Grant

Aquaculture tanks are shown in a recirculating aquaculture facility. Photo: Michigan Sea Grant

A Beginning Farmer webinar series taking place throughout winter and spring 2017, seeks to assist farmers across the country with starting up and improving their agricultural practices. This series of nine webinars includes “Getting Started with Aquaculture.” The aquaculture webinar will be held 7-9 p.m. April 10, 2017. The cost is $10 for individual webinars, or $45 for access to the entire series.

Aquaculture, or fish farming, is the fastest growing sector of the seafood industry. While global demand for seafood continues to rise, wild catch of fish has not increased and, in some cases, it has decreased as wild fisheries have been overharvested. Michigan is well suited for aquaculture with its vast water resources and increasing demand for local agriculture products. The aquaculture industry in Michigan is currently less than a $5 million industry. A recent strategic assessment of aquaculture in Michigan states that there is potential for growth up to a $1 billion industry. Aquaculture in Michigan can be a way to supply high quality locally produced products.

The Michigan Sea Grant and Michigan State University Extension webinar will introduce a variety of subjects for farmers interested in pursuing the innovative farming techniques of aquaculture. Topics covered will include market demand, types of aquaculture systems, aquaculture facilities in Michigan, and what is needed to start your own facility.