St. Louis River clean-up project is flowing along

st-louis-river-at-forest-parkDuluth, MN (— Progress is flowing on the St. Louis River clean up

“It’s gonna start on Radio Tower Bay just upstream from here. Grassy Point will be another one, and um, on the Superior side there’s the pickle ponds that will be looked at and Howard’s Pocket,” said Bill Majewski, Chair of the St Louis River Alliance Board of Directors.

The river is listed as one of 43 areas of concern around the great lakes, but extreme contamination has made it a top priority. Clean-up efforts have hit a major milestone this summer.–272632091.html

Invasive fish predator leaving mark on Georgian Bay habitat

Sea_Lamprey_fishby Roger Klein, CTV News Barrie

Anglers taking part in this year’s Salmon Spectacular are not only finding a lot of fish, but also a dangerous fish predator called Sea lamprey.

The sea lamprey is a large blood sucking predator. The invasive species got into Lake Huron and Georgian Bay when the Welland Canal was built in the early 1900’s.

In less than 20 years, the sea lamprey decimated the lake trout populations in the upper lakes.

With more than $150,000 in prizes up for grabs in the derby, all of the fish are carefully weighed, measured and checked over for scars from sea lamprey bites.

About half of the fish being weighed in at the derby today have signs of lamprey attack.

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by Associated Press

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP)–   Michigan U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin have announced $488,000 in funding for a regional partnership to restore habitat in the Great Lakes.

The Great Lakes Commission will lead the initiative and work with state and local agencies on the habitat restoration.

A $488,000 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will pay for the work.




“Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs”: Do You Know Weather?

1036ANNAPOLIS, Md. August 27, 2014 – For boaters, sailors or anglers, knowing the forecast and understanding the weather can mean the difference between smooth, sunny sailing or slogging through uncomfortably rough seas. Weather for Boaters, a new online course from the United States Power Squadrons (USPS) and the BoatUS Foundation aims to teach boaters the basics of weather and forecasting so they may recognize and prepare for storms coming their way, interpret cloud formations and wind shifts, learn when to prepare for lightning and thunderstorms, and more.

4th Annual Lionfish Bash Results

South Bimini, Bahamas – August 25, 2014 – Bimini Sands Resort & Marina on South Bimini in the Bahamas hosted The Woody Foundation’s Lionfish Bash for the fourth year in a row on August 15-17, 2014. The popular family spearfishing event led to the removal of 276 lionfish – a non-native, invasive species that is threatening native fish stocks in the Bahamas and Florida – from the waters around Bimini.

The Lionfish Bash is an annual event created to raise awareness about lionfish as well as to benefit The Woody Foundation, a Miami-based non-profit organization that raises funds to aid in the recovery of persons with spinal injuries. Foundation Board Member James “Woody” Beckham, whose severe spinal injury during a college rugby game in 2011 launched The Woody Foundation, attended the Lionfish Bash in person as he has done every year, inspiring all the participants.

The results of the 4th Annual Lionfish Bash:
Largest Lionfish: Rick Rodriguez, shown at left, (36.5 oz.)
Smallest Lionfish: Cody Gunthner (0.061 oz.)
Top Junior Angler: Trace Colson (18.5 oz.)
Most Lionfish Caught, 1st Place: Team Spears & Beers (80)
Most Lionfish Caught, 2nd Place: Team Extra Expense (70).

The fun weekend event included a Captain’s Meeting at the Square Grouper tiki bar, a full day of spearfishing in the spectacular waters around Bimini, and an Awards Banquet at the resort’s waterfront Bimini Twist Restaurant. Most Lionfish Bash participants brought their own boats to the event, but Neal Watson’s Bimini Scuba Center’s 40-foot dive boat, the Dive God, took out a group who did not have their own vessels.

“The Lionfish Bash is one of the most fun and rewarding events we host each year,” said Bimini Sands President and CEO Frank Cooney. “We enjoy seeing Woody Beckham, his family and fellow board members from The Woody Foundation, and watching the fun as the Lionfish Bash participants helped to rid our beautiful coral reefs of these invasive fish.”

“Thanks again to the Cooney Family for hosting The Lionfish Bash,” said Woody Beckham. “Everyone thoroughly enjoys this unique adventure to Bimini. I can’t wait ’til next year’s event!”

Stabenow announces funds to protect Great Lakes

Stabenow,_official_portraitWASHINGTON, D.C. (WKZO) — Senator Debbie Stabenow has announced that the USDA is offering up two-million dollars to preserve water quality in the Great Lakes. Specifically, those funds will be available for farmers and other partners in the Western Lake Erie Basin to encourage water quality protection by way of preventing soil and nutrition erosion.

Another one-million dollars is being provided by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to provide resources in the event of a water contamination crisis. The announcement of the funds follows a toxic algae bloom on Lake Erie that kept much of southeast Michigan from using tap water last month.


Isle Royale vessel Ranger III used for testing prototype of system to cleanse ballast tanks

The Associated Press

HOUGHTON, Michigan — Technicians have used a vessel that hauls passengers to Isle Royale National Park for testing a refined treatment method to rid ships’ ballast water of invasive species.

Isle Royale Superintendent Phyllis Green says a marine engineering firm used the M/V Ranger III last weekend to try out prototype equipment for mixing chemicals that can kill organisms in ballast tanks. The equipment shortens the time needed to treat a ship.–Ranger-Ballast-Test

Design A Better Life Jacket and Win $10,000

ANNAPOLIS, Md., August 21, 2014 - Are you an armchair inventor with a better way to keep boaters, sailors and anglers afloat? The BoatUS Foundation, along with the Personal Floatation Device Manufacturers Association (PFDMA) and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), have teamed up to seek out the newest technologies and design ideas with the “Innovation in Life Jacket Design …

RBFF Introduces New Video Documentary to Encourage Hispanic Participation in Boating & Fishing

RBFF-Header-Icon-Resized3ALEXANDRIA, VA (August 20, 2014) – The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) today announced a new video documentary on

to encourage Hispanic participation in fishing and boating. Produced in partnership with Discover Boating, the bi-lingual documentary profiles the Vazquez family, who says time spent on the water boating and fishing was the catalyst in enabling them to truly discover themselves and each other. RBFF research has identified several voids it hopes to address in its efforts to grow boating and fishing participation among the nation’s fastest growing population segment including an absence of Hispanic role models, as well as a lack of messaging and imagery that the Hispanic audience can relate to.






6af7984f-e4af-48c6-bcbc-a3af6abd99deBy MIKE NORTON

TRAVERSE CITY, MI — Among the many pleasant surprises encountered by new visitors to this northern Michigan town is the sight of graceful schooners, sloops and other sailing vessels gliding majestically across Grand Traverse Bay.

And they’ll have a chance to see, tour and sail in six of those stately vessels during the 2014 Michigan Schooner Festival, a  three-day celebration of Great Lakes “tall ships” to be held Sept, 19-21.

Four of Traverse City’s own tall ships — Manitou, Inland Seas, Madeline and Champion — will be on hand for the festival, as well as two visiting ships: the three-masted schooner Denis Sullivan of Milwaukee and the replica sloop Friends Good Will from South Haven. All six will sail down West Grand Traverse Bay to the city’s waterfront Friday afternoon in the traditional “Grand Parade of Sail” that opens the festival.

For ticket and schedule information about the 2014 Michigan Schooner Festival go to or call (231) 946-2647. To learn more about other winter attractions and events in the Traverse City area – and for a complete listing of lodging and dining options – contact Traverse City Tourism at 1-800-TRAVERSE or on line at