Tag Archives: Great Lakes

Oil and Birds Don’t Mix: Potential Risks at the Straits of Mackinac

By Howard Meyerson Darrell Lawson loves birding at the Straits of Mackinac. There are miles of open water and the Michigan lakeshore is gorgeous. Thousands of birds fly along Michigan’s Upper and Lower Peninsula shorelines and funnel through the Straits … Continue reading

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Use of mating pheromone approved in lamprey fight

By Howard Meyerson Grand Rapids, Mich – A sea lamprey mating pheromone used experimentally to manipulate lamprey behavior got a green light last month from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It can now be used as a wide-spread management tool … Continue reading

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Officials: Strong 2015 Lake Michigan perch hatch

By Howard Meyerson Grand Rapids, MI – Lake Michigan fish managers see more than a glimmer of hope for perch fishing in the future. A large crop of young perch appeared in late-summer netting efforts all around the lake. “I … Continue reading

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Sea lamprey abundance dropping in the Great Lakes

By Howard Meyerson Sea lamprey numbers are dropping steadily in the Great Lakes, but nowhere more so than lakes Huron and Michigan where 20-year and 30-year lows are reported respectively. The joint U.S. and Canadian Great Lakes Fishery Commission recently … Continue reading

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Government agencies to spend $74 million on Asian carp control

By Howard Meyerson Grand Rapids, Mich. – Federal and state agencies intend to spend $74.2 million over the next two years to keep Asian Carp out of the Great Lakes. New control techniques are being developed and a third electrical … Continue reading

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DNR: No benefits from steelhead net pen experiment

By Howard Meyerson Grand Rapids, Mich. – A 3-year experiment to determine if steelhead survival improves when hatchery-born yearlings are allowed to acclimate in a pen before being released to open water showed no benefit, according to state officials who … Continue reading

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Officials examine fish farming in the Great Lakes

By Howard Meyerson Grand Rapids, MI – Whether commercial fish farms will be allowed operate on Michigan’s Great Lakes waters is a question far from being answered, but state officials say it is being considered. A Blue-Ribbon scientific advisory panel … Continue reading

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Quiet Water Symposium celebrates 20 years

By Howard Meyerson Most of the major winter outdoor shows highlight boating, hunting and fishing, but that shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. Michigan, after all, boasts nearly a million registered boats and roughly 1.6 million anglers and hunters. … Continue reading

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Salmon Fishing Dismal

By Howard Meyerson Grand Rapids, Mich. — Fall salmon egg-take efforts have drawn to a close in Michigan, and state officials are reporting another successful year. But coho and chinook salmon runs were far smaller than average on two key … Continue reading

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Microbe to control invasive mussels in open water approved by U.S. EPA

By Howard Meyerson GRAND RAPIDS MI, –  Federal scientists working to protect Great Lakes waters and fisheries are enthused about a new commercial product called Zequanox, which kills zebra mussels and quagga mussels without harming other species. But additional research … Continue reading

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