The National Marine Representatives Association (NMRA) has elected its 2013-2014 officers and board members. One new officer and four new board members are joining the association’s leadership group.
Ken Smaga of ComMar Sales LLC, Land O’ Lakes, Florida, has been elected to president and Brandon Flack of Atlantic Marketing Co., Stonington, Connecticut, is now vice president. Rob Gueterman of GSW & Associates, Tampa, Florida now serves as NMRA’s new treasurer. Dave Borgaard of Silverlake West, Las Vegas, Nevada joins NMRA’s board as secretary. Kathy Munzinger of Munzinger & Co., Springfield, Missouri is now past president.
FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – The first day of Ft. Lauderdale’s International Boat Show excursion kicked off Thursday and many people look forward to a weekend full of boats, from small boats to exotic super yachts.
The show is the kick-off of South Florida’s tourist season which brings water-lovers together for a four day affair.
Federal report confirms naturally reproducing grass carp found in Lake Erie
In the past three years the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has received increased reports of grass carp being captured in Lake Erie by commercial fishermen. These fishermen have also reported seeing more of this species, as well as specimens of varying age and size indicating there may be a naturally reproducing population in the lake. This assumption has been confirmed by a recently released U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) report.
USGS has determined grass carp, a species of Asian carp, are naturally reproducing within the Lake Erie basin. Grass carp do not present the same ecological risk to Michigan’s waters as bighead carp or silver carp, although they are a species of concern because they feed on aquatic plants and can significantly alter habitat required by native fish.
OSWEGO, N.Y. -- A team of New York underwater explorers says it has found the wreck of a Canadian steamship that sank off the eastern shore of Lake Ontario nearly a century ago.
The trio from the Rochester area announces Wednesday that they recently discovered the 128-foot Roberval in more than 300 feet of water 16 miles off Oswego.
Jim Kennard says he and his partners were wrapping up their season of searching for historic shipwrecks when their sonar equipment detected a wreck they later identified as the Roberval. The Ottawa-based steamer was hauling lumber across the lake's eastern end when it sank after being hit by a rogue wave in September 1916.
Of the nine-member Canadian crew, two drowned and seven survived, including four who made a raft out of floating lumber.
BOLLES HARBOR — A hightech device that’s been a friend to western Lake Erie anglers during weather fair and foul this summer was retired Monday, at least for the coming winter season.
Representatives from Limno-Tech, an Ann Arbor firm, towed a $ 50,000 buoy, bristling with weather and water- measuring instruments, into the public launch ramp at Bolles Harbor so they could inspect it and store it for the off-season.
It was part of an Army Corps of Engineers contract to study lake dynamics related to the Corps’ open water disposal of harbor dredgings in the Ohio waters of the lake.
But its real-time monitoring of wind, wave- height, water temperatures, currents and relative humidity made it an invaluable tool for fisherman and emergency response personnel who needed to know conditions out on the lake, explained Ed Verhamme, LimnoTech project engineer.
“One of the key parts of the project is that we also made the data available in real time for the public,” Mr.
TRAVERSE CITY-- Local experts, government officials and nonprofit employees will gather in Traverse City on Nov. 1 to discuss the great issues facing the Great Lakes and other freshwater bodies.
The sixth annual Freshwater Summit will give attendees a chance to exchange information about freshwater issues and research, ranging from the Great Lakes to inland lakes and freshwater streams.
“High-quality fresh water is a huge part of our economy in northwest Michigan. The clean, clear water that we have really drives our economy, our tourism, our work,” said Mark Breederland, director of the Michigan Sea Grant Extension Northwest region who is helping to organize the summit. “Having a healthy great lakes -- this is the world’s freshwater treasure and we want to good job of stewarding and protecting through time.”
Just weeks before Halloween, a giant fish, called an oarfish, floated near-shore in California.
A surprised swimmer bumped into the 14-foot-long dead deepwater fish while snorkeling, and the long, snake-like fish has made the news rounds.
While the Great Lakes may not have fish the size of two NBA players standing on each other’s shoulders -- fish that were mistaken in mythology for sea serpents -- the lakes do have their own peculiar set of toothsome fish.
Legislation passed last week in the U.S. House of Representatives would put the Great Lakes on an equal footing with other regions of the country in budgeting for dredging and other harbor maintenance, supporters say.
The measure to modernize the nation's water transportation infrastructure was approved by an overwhelming vote of 417 to 3.
The Water Resources Reform and Development Act authorizes the Army Corps of Engineers to develop, maintain, and support our nation's waterways.
The legislation, which now goes to a Senate conference committee, also would allow Congress to update harbor infrastructure policies to meet the changing demands of the maritime economy.
A key provision designates the vast Great Lakes navigation system of harbors and connecting waterways as a single, unified entity for budgeting.