Expanding Michigan’s Aquaculture into a Sustainable Seafood Industry
Aquaculture has grown tremendously on a global scale in recent decades and now meets nearly half the world’s seafood demand. Michigan has the potential to support a vibrant aquaculture industry. However, commercial aquaculture development in Michigan has been stagnant since 1991.This project is designed to identify and address the current underdeveloped aquaculture industry in Michigan. The research team will ultimately develop a Strategic Action Plan for expanding the state’s current commercial aquaculture program into a major sustainable seafood industry.
Helping Coastal Communities Evaluate Wind Energy Options
Michigan is recognized as a state with strong wind energy development potential. As a result, coastal communities are likely to face pressure to develop wind farms. Currently, there is limited information about how coastal wind turbines might impact communities, businesses and the environment. This project aims to help communities understand the potential impacts of wind development.
Restoring Natural Flows in the Clinton River Watershed
The 80-mile long Clinton River has its headwaters in rural and developing areas, and then flows through heavily urbanized sections of southern Oakland and Macomb counties before eventually draining into Lake St. Clair in southeast Michigan. Although water quality in the Clinton River has improved over the past 30 years, the river faces a number of environmental challenges, including extreme fluctuation of water flow.
Charting the Course for the Bluewater Coast
The declining recreational Chinook salmon fishery has negatively impacted the coastal economies of communities located in Michigan’s “Thumb” area, from Tuscola county to Port Huron in St. Clair county. Historically, individual port towns and coastal businesses in the thumb area have worked in isolation. However, this regional assessment aims to help communities work collaboratively to adapt to these changes and challenges.
West Michigan Wind Assessment
Wind power has the potential to reduce Michigan’s reliance on fossil fuels and help meet state-mandated renewable energy targets. However, all forms of electricity generation have some impact. The intent of this project is to comprehensively analyze the benefits and challenges of wind energy development in one particular region of coastal West Michigan, including Oceana, Muskegon, Ottawa and Allegan counties.
Green Marina Education and Outreach
Clean Marina programs in Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin are focusing on a plan to reduce pollution from boating and marina activities throughout the region. The project partners are working to establish uniform certification standards that can be applied to marinas throughout the Great Lakes and beyond.
See: Green Marina Project
Rein in the Runoff
Detroit River Fish Consumption Advisories
Coastal Brownfield Redevelopment in Michigan
Northeast Michigan Integrated Assessment (NEMIA)
M/PM-29, dates: 2006-2008
Jennifer Read and Brandon Schroeder, Michigan Sea Grant
See: Project results
Michigan Sea Grant has supported peer-reviewed research since the program’s inception 40 years ago.
This online archive provides information on research projects Michigan Sea Grant has backed since 1999. Each listing includes the title, project number and researcher contact information. A summary of a project’s results and impacts is provided only for select research projects. Explore the various research topics on the left.