2010 News

December 21, 2010
New to Sea Grant
Michigan Sea Grant is expanding its team of specialists, filling two to key positions. Amy Samples is the new Community Outreach Coordinator, based at MSG’s Ann Arbor office. Sandra Enness will act as Communications Manager for Michigan Sea Grant Extension at the East Lansing office. To learn more about their roles and backgrounds, see:

December 14, 2010
Science Camp
Two high school seniors from Michigan will receive full scholarships to the 2011 National Youth Science Camp. The month-long, summer experience includes lectures, hands-on research projects, camping and a visit to Washington D.C. The students must demonstrate academic achievement and also show potential for thoughtful scientific leadership. Deadline is Jan. 21. See: More information

December 9, 2010
Whitefish Cookery
The Great Lakes Whitefish Cookbook, Wild Caught and Close to Home, is now available. Featuring recipes from chefs around the Great Lakes region, fish-cooking insights and in-depth cooking techniques, the book is a great way to celebrate Michigan’s fishing heritage. For more information, see: Bookstore

December 3, 2010
NOAA Supports Combating Invasives
NOAA awarded five regional grants to Sea Grant College Programs across the country to combat high-priority aquatic invasive species. Great Lakes Sea Grant programs will receive $384,000 to educate professional and tournament anglers about the need to prevent non-native species from invading waterways. See: Full release

November 16, 2010
Blazing a Trail

A group made up of Michigan Sea Grant extension, area educators, Macomb County officials and municipal leaders recently started looking for spots on Lake St. Clair to serve as launch points, safe harbors, rest areas and points of interest for a proposed water trail.The Detroit News reported: “This project is designed to help make Macomb County and Lake St. Clair a destination for tourism…” See: Full story

November 3, 2010
Water Levels: Have Your Say
A series of public meetings will be held for lakefront and riverfront property owners, recreational users, business owners and others concerned about water levels of Oakland County lakes and the Clinton River in connection with an ongoing study led by Lawrence Technological University and funded by Michigan Sea Grant. The Detroit Free Press recently featured the study and meetings. See: Full article

November 2, 2010
Job Opening: Community Outreach Coordinator

Michigan Sea Grant is seeking a Community Outreach Coordinator to assist with promoting best practices for marinas, working with boating industries, state and federal agencies and others in the Great Lakes region. With funding from Michigan Sea Grant and the federal Great Lakes Restoration grant, the person in this position will work on multiple projects, and assist with EPA reporting. See: Complete Posting Details

October 22, 2010
Freshwater Summit

While they won’t be serving Asian Carp for lunch at the third annual Freshwater Summit, it is on the menu. Michigan Sea Grant Director Jim Diana, Extension Educator Dan O’Keefe and several other experts will deliver a key note on the potential invasive species. The Summit is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 29 in Traverse City. Registration still accepted. See: More information

October 22, 2010
Michigan Sea Grant Awarded $1.5 M to Help Restore Great Lakes
Michigan Sea Grant was awarded more than $1.5 million to help tackle some of the most challenging issues facing the Great Lakes. The program will lead two restoration projects and will assist on five others. The projects focus on endangered fish, invasive species, beach contamination, sound boating and marina operations, and water pollution. See: Full release

September 29, 2010
A Call For Ideas
Michigan Sea Grant is gathering suggestions for current issues that could be the focus of new research grants. Feedback from a range of professionals, government officials, researchers and citizens is crucial to this process. From your perspective, what are the most pressing coastal or Great Lakes problems? Please submit ideas by Oct. 30 to lvaccaro@umich.edu. See: Full release

September 15, 2010
Storm Water and Climate Change
Michigan Sea Grant will receive funding through National Sea Grant’s $1.2 million effort to help coastal communities prepare for the impacts of climate change. The initiative is supporting rapid response, community-based, climate adaptation demonstration projects in coastal and Great Lakes states. In Michigan, the focus will be on storm water runoff. See: Full release

August 13, 2010
JOB OPPORTUNITY: GLOS Technical and Outreach Specialist
The Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS) is searching for an outgoing, network-oriented individual to serve as a Technical and Outreach Specialist, working out of our offices in Ann Arbor, MI.

August 12, 2010
Kalamazoo River Oil Spill

On July 26, Enbridge Energy Partners LLP reported that an oil pipeline burst, releasing more than 880,000 gallons of crude oil into Talmadge Creek, a tributary of the Kalamazoo River. The oil leak occurred near the town of Marshall, about 35 miles east of Kalamazoo, Michigan. The oil flow was stopped by July 30 and contained within a 25-mile stretch of the river, from Marshall westward past Battle Creek. For more on the spill and clean up, see: Full release

August 10, 2010
Break the Grip of the Rip
In the past two weeks, there have been at least eight drownings in Michigan attributed to Great Lakes rip currents. Before you head out to one of the lakes, read about how to survive getting caught in a rip current and tune in to rip current forecasts.

August 2, 2010
Spill may affect wildlife, but not likely Lake
Daniel O’Keefe, Sea Grant extension agent in southwest Michigan, said that harm to Lake Michigan is unlikely because of the lake’s size. “I would imagine it would have to be a very big spill,” he said. “It would have to be a lot of oil getting down there to have a biological effect.” But the marshes along the river could be another story.
See: Full Mlive Article

July 28, 2010
Kalamazoo River Oil Spill Updates
More than 800,000 gallons of oil recently leaked into the Kalamazoo River, about 60 miles from Lake Michigan. The leak came from a pipeline that carries millions of gallons of oil each day from Indiana to Ontario. The State of Michigan has opened a Joint Information Center, where representatives from the agencies involved in the oil spill response will provide information. Anyone with questions about the cleanup can call (888) 363-8632 between 9 am – 6 pm.

July 23, 2010
Job Opportunity
New York Sea Grant has an opening for an Associate Director. New York Sea Grant (NYSG) is a highly rated university-based program of research, extension outreach, and education focused on addressing critical marine and Great Lakes coastal issues. The appointee will lead NYSG’s dynamic Extension program, have other significant Sea Grant leadership and programming responsibilities, and serve as the Assistant Director for Cornell Cooperative Extension, Coastal Programs.

July 23, 2010
Funding Opportunity – NOAA Climate Program Office
The NOAA Climate Program Office has announced a new funding opportunity for FY2011. The deadline for full proposals is September 10, 2010. Opportunities are organized under four programs:

  • Climate Observations and Monitoring
  • Earth System Science
  • Modeling Analysis, Predictions, and Projections
  • Climate and Societal Interactions

Also, there is a new cross-cutting initiative, “Improving NOAA’s Climate Services for the Coastal Zone.” See: Details

June 7, 2010
EPA Research Vessel Lake Guardian Coming to Traverse City
Fifteen teachers and non-formal environmental educators are taking part in a week-long, hands-on learning cruise aboard the federal research vessel the R/V Lake Guardian and will be in the Traverse City area July 8-9. This will be the tour’s only land-side visit, so don’t miss the chance to meet the crew or accompany them on their educational sessions. See: Full release

June 7, 2010
Sea Captain, Sea Grant Advisor Honored
The Great Lakes Fishery Commission presented Captain Denny Grinold with the Besadny Award for fostering Great Lakes partnerships. Grinold is Chair of Advisors of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, past president of the Michigan Charter Boat Association and serves on the Michigan Sea Grant Advisory Board. Grinold, a charter boat captain on Lake Michigan, has brought together a diverse group of stakeholders to tackle pressing Great Lakes problems. See: Full release (PDF)

May 17, 2010
Whitefish Make a Comeback
Michigan State University Research recently covered Michigan Sea Grant’s efforts to popularize native whitefish as a food fish. The marketing of whitefish began with a grant several years ago and has resulted in renewed interest in the fish from everyday consumers to high-end restaurant chefs.
See: Research article

May 12, 2010
President of Boating Industry Receives Prestigious Sea Grant Award
Mr. Van Snider, President of the Michigan Boating Industries Association (MBIA), received a prestigious award at a recent Michigan Sea Grant College Program meeting held at MacRay Harbor. It was Snider’s leadership qualities that led Sea Grant to honor him by naming this and future Sea Grant awards the Van Snider Award. Snider has led MBIA for 20 years and is a strong advocate for the boating industry. Read full story

May 5, 2010
Oil Spill
Director of Michigan Sea Grant Jim Diana was asked by The Oakland Press to comment on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the effect it will have on fish and wildlife. See: Article

May 4, 2010
Hunting Lamprey
Michigan Sea Grant educators are working with charter boat associations, angler groups and other agencies to enlist fishermen in an online reporting program to catalog fish caught with lampreys or the nasty wounds they leave. The program, Lamprey Hunters, was recently covered on Mlive.
See: Article | Program

May 4, 2010
The Power of Partnership
J. Ian Gray, Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies at Michigan State University commented on Michigan Sea Grant’s partnership between MSU and the University of Michigan. Said Gray: “The Great Lakes and coastal communities will play a critical role in redeveloping Michigan’s economy. By integrating the strengths of MSU and UM and involving experts around the state, the Michigan Sea Grant program is a leader in developing the potential of these unique assets.”
See: Commentary

April 19, 2010
Aquaculture and Invasive Species Grants Available
NOAA Sea Grant recently announced three competitive grants for Sea Grant programs and partners. One grant is focused on aquatic invasive species, while the other two are centered on aquaculture. See: Details

April 5, 2010
Past, Present and Future
During his book launch and lecture, Dr. Gerald Smith addressed the history, the present state and the future of fish communities in the Great Lakes. The discussion is now available on YouTube in seven parts. See: More details

February 10, 2010
Asian Carp Control Efforts
The International Joint Commission, in cooperation with many stakeholders and government organizations, is hosting a public meeting in Ypsilanti Feb. 17 to discuss plans and get recommendations on Asian carp control efforts. This will be the second public meeting in the Great Lakes region. Read full story

February 3, 2010
Adapting to Climate Change
Is your community read to adapt to climate change? Rochelle Sturtevant, Michigan Sea Grant Great Lakes Regional extension educator was recently awarded a grant from the National Sea Grant office to help answer that question. The grant of $25,000 will allow Sturtevant to help communities around the state prepare for anticipated climate change. Read full story

January 18, 2010
Fellowship Deadlines Approach

Michigan Sea Grant has several paid fellowship opportunities available. Students with a strong interest in marine and Great Lakes issues from a wide range of backgrounds, including science, policy and law are encouraged to apply. Deadlines vary, but are typically the end of January and the beginning of February.

January 7, 2010
The Ebb and Flow
In a recent article, Michigan Sea Grant Northwest Extension Agent Mark Breederland commented about ever-changing lake levels, and how long-term predictions based on climate change factors don’t look pretty. See: Traverse City Record-Eagle Story