Coast Guard urges caution on Great Lakes amid warmer weather

Associated Press,

DETROIT (AP) – The U.S. Coast Guard is urging people to use caution on Great Lakes waterways due to warmer temperatures and unstable ice.

The warning specifically mentions Lake Superior and the northern parts of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.

Fish farm escapees grow fast, die young

320px-Rainbow_trout_SNRAby Mollie Liskiewicz, Great Lakes Echo

When a farmed fish escapes its pen, does the rest of the lake notice?

Farmed rainbow trout in Lake Huron may outcompete their wild relatives when it comes to growth and feeding efficiency, Canadian scientists report. But they are left for dead when it comes to long-term survival.

Fishing for Entries! FLW presents the 2015 State-Fish Art Contest

SFA_New_Logo_FinalThe 17th annual Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art season, open to kids in Grades K-12, ends on March 31st … you have to enter to win!
Students across the United States and internationally have the opportunity to win prizes and recognition while learning about state-fish species, behaviors, aquatic habitats, and conservation. The State-Fish Art Contest uses art to ignite children’s imagination while teaching them about fishand fishing.

Costa Starts to Kick Plastic: Brand on Mission to Keep Plastic Out of Oceans

21fc49a2-30c0-405e-a1ec-76b3ed8ab50aDaytona Beach, Fla. – March 5, 2015 – A swirling, floating, melting mess of plastic trash and debris roughly the size of Texas spins in an ever-growing orbit in the North Pacific ocean, known as the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch.” Discarded plastic cooks in the sun’s rays, and oozes into miniscule pieces too small to be collected and removed from the water.

Spawning bed built to boost Lake Ontario walleye

Walleye_paintingby The Associated Press

CAPE VINCENT, N.Y. (AP) The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has created a spawning bed on a creek feeding Lake Ontario to help increase the lake’s walleye population.

The agency says the spawning bed on Kents Creek in Cape Vincent is the first of its kind in New York.

Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy to host community engagement meeting to discuss plans for Pere Marquette lighthouses

by Dillon Davis, M Live

MUSKEGON, MI – Standing guard at the crests of Lake Michigan and along the many miles of  the area’s sandy beaches, lighthouses are the heartbeat of West Michigan.

On Thursday, March 5, the Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy is set to host the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Community Engagement Meeting, a community-wide and informal discussion about the future of the area’s lighthouses. The event runs from 5:30-7 p.m. at the United Way of the Lakeshore, 31 E. Clay Ave, in Muskegon.

$125K in grants coming for Port of Muskegon from the West Michigan Prosperity Alliance

by Stephen Kloosterman, MLive

MUSKEGON, MI – West Michigan officials are ready to spend $125,000 to study the best way to develop the Port of Muskegon.

The Port of Muskegon project made a short list of projects that the newly formed West Michigan Prosperity Alliance announced it would help fund. The port was the alliance’s top priority when members voted on 31 different projects back in October.


Great Lakes ice cover over 88%

Lakehuronby Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press

How rough a winter has it been on the Great Lakes? Ask the crew of the freighter Arthur M. Anderson — whenever they make it back to port.

The 767-foot bulk carrier, due in port a week ago, was only just west of St. Ignace in northern Lake Michigan as of Monday afternoon, making its way to its winter layover port in Sturgeon Bay, Wis.