Mayfly swarm – or “bug derecho” – signals cleaner environment

The Washington Post


The millions of mayflies that lit up the La Crosse, Wisc., weather radar on July 20 are a sign that the water of the Mississippi River is markedly cleaner than just a few decades ago.

In the 1980s, the Mississippi was so polluted that the bugs virtually disappeared according to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency:

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Tackle Grab Powered By Earnhardt OutdoorsTM, the leading online subscription box service for the recreational sport-fishing industry, today announced the 2014 Rods, Reels and Racing online sweepstakes. Working with partner, Earnhardt OutdoorsTM, the outdoor lifestyle brand founded by siblings Kerry Earnhardt, Kelley Earnhardt Miller, and Dale Earnhardt Jr., the two organizations will offer three prizes for participants who “Like” the Tackle Grab Facebook page or spread the word about the contest via the Facebook “Share” function.

- Grand Prize (one winner): All-expenses paid trip for two to the NASCAR race weekend at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway November 14-16, 2014, plus a meet-and-greet with Kerry, Kelley and Dale Earnhardt Jr., and a private fishing excursion with Kerry Earnhardt. The prize package includes round trip airfare, four nights’ hotel accommodations, $500 spending cash and two tickets to all three series races.

- Second Prize (five winners): One fishing rod from Dobyns Rods and one Daiwa reel.

- Third Prize (ten winners): Tackle Grab apparel and three month credit for gift.

In celebration of the contest, Tackle Grab’s Street Team will be onsite at the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Iowa Speedway on August 2, 2014, supporting JR Motorsports’ No. 5 Tackle Grab Chevrolet driven by Josh Berry in his Nationwide Series debut. The contest will begin online at the start of the race, and will close on September 1, 2014.

“Tackle Grab is thrilled to offer our fans an exciting sweepstakes that combines the best of the best in fishing and racing,” said Stash Karandanis, co-founder of Tackle Grab. “We look forward to providing our grand prize winner with the trip of a lifetime, in addition to sharing some incredible products from some of our top brands.”

Tackle Grab formally announced a partnership with Earnhardt Outdoors in May of 2014. The mission of Tackle Grab Powered by Earnhardt Outdoors is to bring families together to discover new experiences in the outdoors.

“Tackle Grab has been an incredible partner in empowering families across America with the right gear for active, outdoor lifestyles,” said Kerry Earnhardt. “The Rods, Reels and Racing sweepstakes brings together our interests with those of fans across the country who not only love to fish, but love NASCAR racing as well.”

Simply “Like” Tackle Grab’s Facebook page or use the Facebook “Share” button between August 2 and September 1 to sign up for the contest. Participants will be asked to share their name, phone number and email address.

More information can be found at Follow the contest on Twitter using the hashtag #RodsReelsRacing.



The National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHOF) today announced the eight people who will make up its 2014 class of inductees into the National Sailing Hall of Fame:  Yachtsman, historian and senior statesman of the sport Henry H. “Harry” Anderson, Jr. (Newport, R.I./Mystic, Conn.); mathematician and navigator Nathaniel Bowditch (Salem, Mass.); boat builder and U.S. Olympic Sailing Team boatwright Carl Eichenlaub (San Diego, Calif.); brothers Olaf Harken and Peter Harken (both Pewaukee, Wisc.), respectively, boat builder and sailing hardware designer; naval architect and prolific writer L. Francis Herreshoff (Bristol, R.I./Marblehead, Mass.); 1960 5.5 Metre Olympic Gold Medalist and boat builder George O’Day (Brookline, Mass./Dover, Mass.); and Grand Prix yachtsman John B. “Jim” Kilroy (Marina del Rey, Calif.), the recipient of the NSHOF’s first Lifetime Achievement Award.

Harry Anderson, the senior statesman of sailing (Photo Credit © 2013 Dan Nerney).

“When the National Sailing Hall of Fame was formed in 2005, a central piece of its mission was to focus attention on Americans who had made outstanding contributions to the sport of sailing,” said Gary Jobson, President of the NSHOF.   “The eight members of the class of 2014 are joining 34 previously-recognized individuals whose achievements – whether on-the-water, at a drafting table or in the administration of the sport – have impacted recreational boaters and competitive sailors alike.  By recognizing them and sharing their stories, the NSHOF is preserving the history of the sport and its impact on American culture while inspiring the next generation of sailors.”

Following a two-month period this spring during which sailors from all corners of the country nominated their choice for induction, a selection committee – made up of representatives from US Sailing, the sailing media, the sailing industry, community sailing, a maritime museum, a previous inductee,  and the NSHOF Board – reviewed the broad spectrum of nominations.

Inductees are American citizens, 45 years of age or older, who have made significant impact on the growth and development of the sport in the U.S. in the categories of Sailing, Technical/Design and Contributor (coach, administrator, sailing media).  Nominations of non-citizens were also considered if they influenced the sport in the U.S., and posthumous nominations were also accepted.  The undertaking to recognize Americans who have made outstanding contributions to the sport of sailing is central to the mission of the NSHOF which was formed in 2005 and has completed phase one of its plan to establish a permanent facility on the historic waterfront of Annapolis, Maryland.

The Lifetime Achievement Award will induct an American citizen, 55 years of age or older, who has had consistent involvement in sailing for a majority of his or her life and had success in the sport while also becoming successful and achieving noteworthy stature in a non-sailing career.

The 2014 class of inductees will be formally celebrated on Sunday, September 28, 2014.  The invitation-only Induction Ceremony will be held at the Detroit Yacht Club (Detroit, Mich.) and is sponsored by Rolex Watch U.S.A. and Condé Nast.

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West Marine Unleashes “Dog Days of Summer” Contest

West Marine, the world’s largest waterlife retailer, today announced its “Dog Days of Summer” social media contest. Starting July 29 and endingSeptember 2, West Marine is honoring the water-loving dogs in our lives. We’re looking for pictures of pooches enjoying the breeze on the bow, taking a nap on the dock, playing in the waves or riding along on stand-up paddleboards.

To enter, post your photos through Instagram or Facebook Each week during the contest period we’ll select a winning photo and the entrant will receive a $100 West Marine gift card that can be used to outfit your furry friend, your boat or yourself.

Photo entries can be submitted between Tuesday, July 29 and Tuesday, September 2. Winners will be selected Tuesday, August 5, 12, 19, 26, and September 2.

 Photos can be submitted through Instagram or Facebook. To enter on Facebook, post pictures to with hashtags #dogdaysofsummer and #westmarine. To enter on Instagram, tag uploaded photos to WestMarineInc, with hashtags #dogdaysofsummer #westmarine.

Judges are looking for cute, fun photos of dogs enjoying life on or near the water. (Note: The dog in the photo doesn’t need to be owned by the entrant, but the entrant should have the rights to entered photos.)

Winners will be contacted via the social media channel which the photo was submitted to. Electronic gift card will be sent by email.

Boat Owners Association of The United States Asks Chicagoland Boaters to Speak Up on Aldermen’ Ethanol Proposal

On Monday, July 28, at 1pm at Chicago City Hall a hearing will be held to debate legislation supported by Chicago City Council Alderman that would require all self-serve gas stations in the City of Chicago to sell gasoline with higher levels – 15% – of ethanol (E15). It is against federal law to use E15 gasoline in a boat and using this ethanol blend could lead to significant damage to the engine.

 Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) urges Chicago area boaters to speak out against this proposal, as the half-million member national boat owners group believes the legislation would have an unintended consequence of making boat engine-approved E10 fuel harder to find for consumers, as self-serve stations would not be required to add expensive new fueling pumps to offer an additional consumer choice of E15. Instead, the legislation may force stations with limited gas pump selections to replace their current E10 dispensing selection with E15 to meet the mandate. While BoatUS appreciates the need to diversify our country’s fuel and energy sources, passage of this legislation would also greatly increase the chance of mis-fueling boats on trailers, which are often filled up at the same time as the tow vehicle.

 It will be at City of Chicago City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois 60602.

 City of Chicago resident boaters are encouraged to attend the hearing Monday or may contact their Alderman to share their views by going to:[capwiz:queue_id

More information on how E15 affects outboard engines can be found at National Renewable Energy Laboratory Outboard Study. Additional information about ethanol and boats is at

Mercury Marine partners with Chicago’s 31st Street Harbor to sponsor Aquapalooza 2014


Mercury Marine is partnering up with Westrec Marinas and Chicago Harbors as the title sponsor of Aquapalooza 2014 on August 9 at the 31st Street Harbor in Chicago. The event, which is the first-ever floating music festival in Chicago, will be headlined by Al Jardine & The Endless Summer Band.

“We have always maintained a good relationship with Westrec Marinas and Chicago Harbors so when they approached us about Aquapalooza, we jumped at the opportunity,” said Mercury Marine Vice President of Sales and Marketing Randy Caruana. “Being a part of this event will allow the Mercury brand to be displayed in front of a large audience on Lake Michigan in the third largest city in the United States – a city flush with boaters.”

The Chicago Harbors will turn the southern end of the marina into the city’s largest on-water party. Many models from the Brunswick boat group will be on display such as SeaRay, Boston Whaler and more. In addition, hundreds of boats will be powered by Mercury Marine engines setting the stage for a perfect evening in the Windy City.

“Mercury Marine is the most powerful marine technology company in the world,” said Westrec Marinas Executive Vice President Scott Stevenson. “We want to showcase our event as the premier on-water event in Chicago and a partnership with a global company like Mercury is a great boost for our event. Their reputation for reliability and durability mimics the mantra of our great city and we are honored to have them on board for Aquapalooza 2014.”

The event runs from 2 p.m. – 11 p.m. CDT at the 31st Street Harbor. For more information about how to purchase a boat slip or sign up for the event, log on to

Sea lamprey survey planned for Muskegon River in Muskegon County

by Joh320px-Sea_lampreyn S. Hausman, MLive

MUSKEGON COUNTY, MI – A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service assessment crew will survey the Muskegon River in Muskegon County between July 30 and Aug. 6 to determine how many sea lampreys are in the river.

The population survey is to determine the need for lamprey control. Sea lampreys are an invasive parasitic species that destroy fish by attaching to them with a suction-cup mouth and feeding on blood and body fluids.

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