Clean Marina Classroom Live, Lansing

Event Date: 12/6/2018

The Clean Marina Classroom is going on the road, offering an in-person workshop in Lansing. Michigan Sea Grant staff and Clean Marina certification specialists will cover important lessons from the online classroom tied to mandatory and recommended best practices for becoming a Clean Marina. Pledged marinas, as well as marinas due for re-certification, are invited to attend.

For the Classroom Live workshop to be effective, participants must take the following steps before the workshop:

  1. Register for the workshop (dates and locations below).
  2. Sign the Clean Marina pledge form (new and re-certifying marinas) and pay the required pledge fee (new marinas only).
  3. Log in to the online classroom and complete the marina self-assessment (also called the certification checklist).
  4. Bring your self-assessment, a notebook (paper and pencil or laptop) and your calendar to the workshop.

In return, each marina will leave with:

  • Clean Marina Classroom certificate
  • Scheduled certification site visit date
  • Prize for completing the workshop evaluation and survey



When: December 6, 2018, 1:30 – 6 p.m.
Where: Radisson Hotel at the Capitol, 111 N. Grand Avenue, Lansing, MI 48933
Workshop Host: MBIA

Great Lakes Fisheries: The Fish and the People Who Fish

Event Date: 11/8/2018

Great Lakes fisheries – fish and people who fish – have significantly benefited coastal communities, the Great Lakes region and the nation throughout history and still today. Learn about our dynamic Great Lakes fisheries and a new Great Lakes Fisheries Heritage Trail which offers the opportunity to explore the past, present and future of the lakes through the lens of fish and fishing, presented by Brandon Schroeder.

A Michigan Sea Grant Extension educator, Schroeder has served coastal Lake Huron counties in northeast Michigan for nearly 15 years. His current Sea Grant Extension efforts involve fisheries science, sustainable coastal tourism development, Lake Huron biodiversity conservation, and promoting Great Lakes literacy and education opportunities.

The program will be held 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Nov. 8 at the Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan, 491 Johnson St, Alpena, MI 49707, USA (map). The cost is $3 museum entry fee. Museum members do not pay.

After the program, explore Besser Museum exhibits that highlight fisheries history and heritage, ecology and management, social-economic values and issues that have defined our northern Lake Huron coastal communities.

The program is organized by the Association of Lifelong Learners at Alpena Community College, a not-for-profit organization which sponsors, promotes and encourages lifelong educational and enrichment experiences for people of all ages in northeast Michigan.

Great Lakes Sea Grant Symposium

Event Date: 1/29/2019

Great Lakes Sea Grant Symposium at the Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference
Cleveland, OH
January 27-30, 2019

Members of the Sea Grant programs in Michigan, Illinois-Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York are holding a collaborative outreach session about Sea Grant’s role in communicating needs to inform research and conservation at the upcoming Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference in Cleveland, Ohio.

The symposium is scheduled for Tuesday, January 29, 1:20 pm – 5:00 pm. The conference will run from January 27-30, 2019, with an overall theme of “Communicating Science to Fan the Flames of Conservation.” 

Fish and wildlife managers are increasingly being asked to communicate and engage with stakeholders to achieve conservation goals. Public participation, stakeholder engagement, social media, and citizen science, are just a few of the ways to connect with stakeholders and advance research and management important for conservation. In this half-day symposium, we provide an overview of the Great Lakes Sea Grant Programs and their work throughout the region. We will present case studies of successful research to outreach, emphasizing the importance of communication and extension for achieving conservation goals.

We will also share how Sea Grant research is informed by local community and management needs. Specific topics to be covered will include how Sea Grant programs work with state fisheries managers to increase public access to recreational fisheries, engage K-12 students in fisheries conservation, and work with managers to address diseases in fishes. Unique examples also apply to engagement at the land-water interface, such as the Michigan EnviroImpact Tool that supports farmers in forecasting manure nutrient runoff risk. A panel discussion at the end of the symposium will provide an opportunity for prospective partners to learn more about what it’s like to work with the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network.

For additional information on the symposium, please contact Chiara Zuccarino-Crowe (Michigan Sea Grant Extension) at

Additional information about the conference is available at  

Apply to create story-map (temporary paid position)

Michigan Sea Grant is in search of a driven individual who wants to play a key role in Great Lakes education and outreach. The right candidate will have a passion for sharing science-based information and be highly collaborative in their work.

Michigan Sea Grant, in partnership with Friends of the Detroit River, is hiring a student intern to create a story map webpage, to be included on the Friends of the Detroit River website.

The project will use the ESRI platform to describe a series of U.S. Detroit River habitat restoration and
sediment projects that complement similar restoration efforts in Canada. A story map of Canadian efforts can be viewed at Friends of the Detroit River project page can be found here:

The candidate will report directly to a MISG Extension Educator.

Desired Skills

  • Ability to work with multiple project partners to collect and consolidate project data (e.g., text,
  • Previous experience with ESRI, ArcGIS, or other story mapping software;
  • Experience communicating natural resources or Great Lakes issues;
  • Keen ability as an editor to consolidate project reports into short, compelling narratives and
  • Ability to learn new development software as necessary;
  • Good communication skills with the ability to manage multiple tasks in order to meet tight deadlines; and
  • Attention to detail.

Total project compensation is $2,800

Story Mapping Timeline

October – November

  • Kick-off meeting – review scope of work & meet team
  • Collect and consolidate project text data
  • Provide bi-weekly summaries of activities and results

November – December

  • Consolidate project reports into short, compelling narratives and photos
  • Demonstrate story mapping, including a presentation
  • Provide bi-weekly summaries of activities and results

December – January

  • Provide final story mapping deliverables by January 15, 2019

Application deadline is Friday, October 19, 2018. Please send your cover letter and resume to Rhett
Register at

Job summary (PDF)

Life of the Straits

Event Date: 9/15/2018

Come explore the amazing cultural and natural history of the Straits of Mackinac with Michigan Sea Grant and Mackinac County 4-H! Held on September 15 at 10-4, this daylong event will include exciting activities on Mackinac Island surrounding the geology and cultural history of the island. Children will have the opportunity to hunt for fossils, explore a historic fort, and enjoy a nutritious lunch. Best of all, this event is free to 4-H members and their families! Ferry tickets and lunch along with all activities are provided free of charge.

This event is intended for families with children ages 9-14. Parents/guardians are encouraged to attend, but not required. If children under the age of 9 are attending, a parent or legal guardian must accompany the child at all times.

Children between the ages of 5-18 must be a registered 4-H member to attend the event. 4-H registration information will be provided upon completing the Life of the Straits registration. There is a 4-H membership fee of $20 per child; however, scholarships are available to cover the 4-H membership fee. It is not necessary for a child participating in this event to attend any additional 4-H events.

Click here to register for the event:

Please note you will have the option to join us in St Ignace and receive a free ferry ride to the island at 9:30 am. Meet at Star Line Ferry Main Dock #3 in St. Ignace. Alternatively, you can join the group on Mackinac Island at 10:30 am at the Star Line Dock. For maps of dock locations and additional ferry information, see

Event Schedule:
9:30-10 am: Meet at Star Line Ferry dock in St. Ignace to get ferry ticket and board ferry
10-10:30 am: Ferry ride to Mackinac Island
10:30-11 am: Split into groups and walk to destinations from Mackinac Island Star Line Ferry Dock
11 am-12:30 pm: Cultural History activity at Fort Holms / Geology Activity at Arch Rock
12:30-1 pm: Walk to lunch Location
1-1:45 pm: Lunch
1:45-2 pm: Walk to activity destinations
2-3:30 pm: Cultural History activity at Fort Holms / Geology Activity at Arch Rock
3:30-4 pm: Return to Star Line ferry dock

Elk Rapids Green Infrastructure Workshop

Event Date: 9/17/2018

Members of the public are invited to a workshop aimed at uncovering strategies that will enable Elk Rapids to begin the widespread implementation of green infrastructure.

Green infrastructure relies on plants and ecosystem processes to capture, slow, and purify rainwater and snowmelt. Green infrastructure projects can offer an attractive and eco-friendly alternative to traditional grey infrastructure components, such as storm sewers and concrete culverts.

Lawrence Technological University, Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc., and the University of Michigan are collaborating on a project to investigate barriers to green infrastructure implementation in Michigan. The project includes multiple approaches to stakeholder engagement, including an online survey, focus groups, and community green infrastructure visioning meetings.

Elk Rapids was selected by the project team to host a community visioning meeting based on its location, demographics, and potential for success. The vision meeting provides an opportunity for an open community discussion and participation in exercises that focus on the core project question.

Community participation exercises include identifying opportunities for green infrastructure implementation and sharing opinions on value of natural systems in the downtown and waterfront area.

Members of the public are invited to participate on Monday, September 17, from 4-6 pm in the Old Council Chambers at the Government Center (315 Bridge Street). No RSVP is necessary.

The event will begin with a community definition and mapping exercise, followed by an opportunity for participants to express their preferences for a variety of green infrastructure techniques.

Any questions related to the project or process may be directed to Donald Carpenter, (248) 763-4099 or

For more information about the Grand Traverse Bay Watershed and efforts to preserve and protect this natural resource, please contact Sarah U’Ren, program director at the Watershed Center – Grand Traverse Bay, (231) 935-1514 or

AFDO/Seafood Alliance HACCP Training Course

Event Date: 12/4/2018
End Date: 12/6/2018

A Seafood Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) Training Course that is being coordinated by Michigan Sea Grant, Michigan State University Extension, and the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission will be held December 4-6, 2018 at Bay Mills Resort and Casino in Brimley, Michigan. All fish processors are required to take this training if they are not currently certified.

Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) consists of identifying safety hazards, determining where they occur, monitoring these points and recording the results. HACCP involves day-to-day monitoring of critical control points by production employees. The Seafood HACCP regulation that is enforced by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is based on the belief that commercial fish processors can understand the food safety hazards of their products and take reasonable steps to control them. Commercial fish processors are required either to obtain formal training for one or more of their own employees or to hire trained independent contractors to perform the HACCP functions.

The HACCP regulation requires processors to keep extensive records of processing and sanitation at their facilities. At times, questions arise as to whether someone needs training in Seafood HACCP. The Seafood HACCP regulation defines processing as handling, storing, preparing, heading, eviscerating, shucking, freezing, changing into different market forms, manufacturing, preserving, packing, labeling, dockside unloading, or holding fish or fishery products.

The regulation does not apply to the harvest or transport of fishery products. It also does not apply to practices such as heading, eviscerating or freezing intended solely to prepare fish for holding on a harvest vessel. Retail establishments are also exempt from the Seafood HACCP regulation.

Fish processors who complete the course put themselves at a competitive advantage as they can then produce value added products such as smoked fish and caviar. Those completing the course will receive a Seafood Alliance HACCP Certificate issued through the Association of Food and Drug Officials that is recognized by agencies regulating fish processors.

Seafood HACCP Course

For additional information please contact Ron Kinnunen (Michigan Sea Grant Extension) at (906) 226-3687 or

Michigan Water School: Traverse City

Event Date: 9/17/2018
End Date: 9/18/2018


September 17 & 18, 2018, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Local, State and Tribal elected and appointed officials and staff wanting to gain access to resources and knowledge about water management are encouraged to attend this workshop!


  • Factors that impact Michigan water
  • The Blue Economy
  • Fiscal benefits of water management
  • Incorporating water into local planning and placemaking
  • Risk assessment approaches n Resources to help address water problems
  • Water policy at the federal, tribal, state, and local levels

Certificate upon completion of two-day session. Partial scholarships available thanks to funding from the Erb Family Foundation.

LOCATION: Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Station
6686 S Center Hwy, Traverse City, MI

$175 (Includes materials and lunch each day)


Lake Sturgeon Reintroduction in the Saginaw Bay Watershed

Event Date: 8/31/2018

Join local, state, and federal partners on Friday, August 31 at 1:30 p.m.
in the first reintroduction of juvenile sturgeon into the Cass River.

Participants may have the opportunity to help with the release. Come be part of this historic event at the Gunzenhausen Street Walkway (parking is adjacent) in Frankenmuth.


Meaghan Gass
Michigan Sea Grant
Extension Educator
(989) 895-4026 ext. 5

Saginaw Bay Resiliency Summit

Event Date: 8/15/2018

The Saginaw Bay Resiliency Summit will take place from 10am to 3pm on August 15 at the Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center in Frankenmuth.

The free summit will explore the impact of extreme storms and flooding in the Saginaw Bay region and look at strategies for resilience. Decision makers, planners, residents, and other interested partners are encouraged to attend.

Topics include hazard mitigation strategies, green infrastructure, and more. Summit keynote speaker, Mike Sobocinski from the Michigan State Police, will share information about hazard mitigation planning in the context of the Saginaw Bay watershed. There also will be time for networking over the provided lunch. 

Summit venue:

Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center
3775 S. Reese Road
Frankenmuth, MI 48734

For questions or accessibility needs, contact:

Meaghan Gass at or (989) 895-4026 ext. 5

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