2011 News

October 31, 2011
Two New Marinas Join the Ranks of Certified Michigan Clean Marinas
The Michigan Clean Marina Program is pleased to announce two more Michigan facilities have been certified as “Michigan Clean Marinas.” They are Kean’s Marina in Detroit and St. Clair Boat Harbor in St. Clair. See: Full Article

October 14, 2011
MSG at Restoration Conference
The Healing Our Waters – Great Lakes Coalition will join together on the shores of the Detroit River to reunite, examine progress and develop new strategies to achieve Great Lakes restoration goals in 2012 and beyond. Michigan Sea Grant is presenting on Economic Impact Studies: Practical Tips & Examples, Friday, Oct. 14. See: Agenda | Article

September 8, 2011
Grand Rapids Press Feature Whitefish Cookbook

“This book can help get people out of the rut by introducing a variety of fish cooking methods, including frying, sauteing, stir-frying, steaming, poaching, broiling, grilling, roasting, baking, smoking and pickling.” – Vicky Ferguson
See: Full Article

August 19, 2011
A Day at the Marina

Michigan House Rep. Greg MacMaster, along with representatives from the Michigan DNR, DEQ, non-profit organizations, universities, marinas and the community attended the Michigan Clean Marina Open House at Irish Boat Shop in Charlevoix recently. The unique partnership and benefits of the program were highlighted.

August 15, 2011
Aquaculture in the Great Lakes
Dr. Jim Diana, director of MSG, and Keith Hayse-Gregson, an SNRE masters student have teamed up to write a blog about aquaculture and other related fisheries issues. The blog is hosted by EarthSky.
See: Blog

August 8, 2011
Great Lakes Research

Jennifer Read, MSG acting director, was interviewed about the Great Lakes’ role in Michigan’s economy – a topic that will be highlighted during the University Research Corridor event MI H2Objective Conference: a water symposium, Sept. 29-30 at Wayne State University. The aim is to encourage more collaboration on water initiatives. See: Article | Details

August 8, 2011
Waterfront Economy

The latest issue of the Michigan Municipal League magazine is centered on the economic importance of waterfront communities. One of the featured articles profiles Michigan Sea Grant’s recent jobs report on how vital the Great Lakes are to the region’s economy. See: Article

August 2, 2011
New NOAA Article About the National Clean Marina Initiative

Michigan Sea Grant, the Michigan Clean Marina Program and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science are featured in a new article about the national Clean Marina initiative, recently posted on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s website. “Clean Marina operators recognize the importance of providing boaters with a positive experience, and boaters are increasingly aware of the connection between stewardship best practices, good water quality for swimming, as well as healthy fisheries and beaches.”
See: Article

August 1, 2011
Clean Marina Open House

Irish Boat Shop in Charlevoix, Mich. will host an open house to showcase the Michigan Clean Marina Program, from 1:15-2:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.

July 28, 2011
Discovery Cruise in Pictures

The Detroit News recently tagged along on a fisheries-themed Summer Discovery Cruise. Check out the photo essay and don’t miss the boat — remember to register for a cruise before the end of the summer!
See: Pictures | Cruises

July 6, 2011
Stopping the Spread of Carp

MSG Associate Director Bill Taylor recently published a paper calling for the complete separation of the Mississippi River and Great Lakes basins. The paper was in response to the threat of invasive Asian carp. Taylor was also recently interviewed about the issue on the Greening of the Great Lakes radio show.
See: News Release | Article (PDF) | Interview

June 30, 2011
Out of the Blue
Features Michigan Sea Grant
Faculty, researchers and students from the UM School of Natural Resources and Environment are working as key collaborators on a Michigan Sea Grant restoration project. One component: measuring the health of the waters by close observation of Lake Sturgeon. See: Video

May 30, 2011
Surf’s Up for Safety

The Great Lakes Sea Grant Network has received the 2011 Dairyland Surf Classic Award for work on rip current and water safety awareness. Seven Sea Grant programs in the Great Lakes Network, including Michigan, were given this year’s award as a result of collective education efforts, material distribution and media outreach. See: Full Story

May 27, 2011
Cookbook Wins Award

Wild Caught and Close to Home: Selecting and Preparing Great Lakes Whitefish recently won first place in a National Association of Government Communicators awards competition. The cookbook celebrates the Great Lakes whitefish with recipes, cooking techniques and chef insights.
See: News Release (PDF) | Bookstore

May 19, 2011
Michigan Boating Industries Association Recognizes Boating Safety
National Safe Boating Week, May 21 – 27, is a time to raise awareness to improve safety and reduce accidents on our Michigan waters. “Boating is a popular pastime in Michigan, and statistics show it is also very safe, as boating related accidents and fatalities remain flat or decrease annually,” said John Ropp, MBIA president.

May 17, 2011
Asian Carp Town Halls

Michigan Sea Grant Extension Educator Dan O’Keefe is presenting a series of educational programs in conjunction with aquatic invasive species town hall meetings hosted by State Representatives across Michigan. The two remaining town halls are scheduled for May 20. See: News Release (PDF)

Muskegon – May 20
9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
GVSU’s Annis Water Resources Institute
740 W. Shoreline Dr., Muskegon, MI 49441

Traverse City – May 20
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Traverse City Chamber of Commerce
202 E. Grandview Parkway, Traverse City, MI 49684

May 2, 2011
Discovery Cruises

Registration for the 2011 Summer Discovery Cruises season is now open. The SDC website has been updated with all of the cruise types and the new cruises available this summer, the 2011 schedule, directions to the two cruise locations, and online registration. Don’t miss the boat! See: Cruises

April 29, 2011
Fellows Selected
Two University of Michigan students nominated by Michigan Sea Grant have been selected as National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal Management Fellows.

  • Liz Durfee was matched with the Michigan Coastal Management Program to develop metrics, tools, and plans to address competing uses in Michigan’s working waterfronts.
  • Zach Hecht-Leavitt was matched with the New York Department of State – Division of Coastal Resources to develop an offshore spatial plan for managing competing uses in a crowded offshore environment.

See: Fellowships

April 20, 2011
Distinguished Staff

Stephen Stewart, Michigan Sea Grant Extension Senior Educator, was recognized with a Michigan State University’s Distinguished Staff Award. His contributions to the welfare of the Great Lakes have helped to make MSU a leader in advancing Great Lakes literacy. See: Full Article

April 4, 2011
Science Cafe

Join Jim Diana, Professor at the UM SNRE and Director of Michigan Sea Grant, and Christine Manninen, Communications Director at the Great Lakes Commission, to discuss current scientific and legislative issues concerning the Great Lakes in an informal setting. The Café is set for April 13 at Conor O’Neill’s. See: More details

March 23, 2011
Discussion: Great Lakes Restoration

Area experts with a role in the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative will share their perspectives on the initiative and related activities. Panelists from the private sector, a U.S. federal agency, an environmental organization and a bi-national commission will take part in the discussion. You are invited and encouraged to participate at the Sea Grant/CILER event.

March 3, 2011
Jobs, Economy and the Great Lakes

A recent analysis of jobs in the Great Lakes region by Michigan Sea Grant shows that the Lakes are key to our economy in many ways. More than 1.5 million Great Lakes-related jobs generated $62 billion in wages, in 2009. For the complete analysis, see: Great Lakes Jobs Report (PDF). Also see: News Release

February 1, 2011
New Website Provides Educators with Great Lakes Teaching Tools

A new online tool created by Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE) Great Lakes and Ohio State University’s Sea Grant Program delivers resources to help educators from around the region better integrate Great Lakes science into their classrooms. Launched this past fall, the Great Lakes Literacy Principles website at www.greatlakesliteracy.net links teaching resources with each of the eight newly created Great Lakes Literacy Principles. See: News Release

January 12, 2011
Charter Fishing Insights

A study completed by Michigan Sea Grant Extension Educator Dan O’Keefe shows that the charter fishing industry has contributed nearly $400 million to Michigan’s coastal communities over the past two decades. See: Full article

January 12, 2011
Water Water Everywhere!
This Water theme semester kicks off at the University of Michigan, with many events set to take place throughout the semester. As part of the celebration, the Exhibit Museum of Natural History and Michigan Sea Grant teamed up to create the new exhibit Water and You showing at the Museum’s rotunda from Jan. 21 to July. See: Water and You | Events

January 7, 2011
Michigan Sea Grant Invites Pre-Proposals to Address Tough Coastal Issues
Michigan Sea Grant is currently inviting pre-proposals for research projects that address a range of coastal issues in Michigan. The program will award grants of up to $75,000 per year for projects of up to two years’ duration, beginning in February 2012. Researchers from any accredited university in the state of Michigan are eligible to apply as Principal Investigators. Projects teams are not limited to university researchers. See: Full release