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Newsletter - Thursday 6/6/2013


Rep. Bill Huizenga echoes call for Great Lakes barrier to stem Asian carp invasion

Asian CarpRep. Bill Huizenga applauded and echoed recent comments by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn about separating the Mississippi River from the Great Lakes system.

In a statement Monday, Huizenga said he was "encouraged" by Quinn's weekend call for a Chicago barrier to keep invasive species like Asian carp out of the lakes.

"A biological barrier preserves an estimated $7 billion in economic activity generated by Great Lakes fisheries, protects Michigan's pristine waters for our sportfishing and recreational boating industries, and helps safeguard the ecosystem from future invasive threats," Huizenga, R-Zeeland, said in the statement.  more...

June 2-8 – Proclaimed – Beach Safety Awareness Week

A Day at the Beach - by Hornbaker Chelsi, U.S. Fish and Wildlife ServiceMackinac Island, Michigan—The Great Lakes Governors and the Premiers of Ontario and Québec today proclaimed June 2-8 “Beach Safety Awareness Week.”

Dangerous currents and other water hazards pose a significant danger to swimmers, boaters and others enjoying the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.  Lifeguards and others must save people from dangerous currents each year.  Tragically, many lives are lost despite these rescue efforts.  more...

Belle Isle project improves fish habitat, opportunities for anglers

A $2-million habitat restoration project on Belle Isle is expected to further the comeback story of fish on the Detroit River and make Detroit’s island park a more desirable destination for anglers.

Keith Flournoy, Belle Isle park manager for the city, called the improvements “wonderful.”

“Just the aesthetics of it look great,” he said. “And what it does for habitat, for the fish to thrive in this area; the opportunities for fishermen to have a better fishing experience both in the Detroit River and on Belle Isle ... I think it’s money well-spent.”  more...

Cleveland Race Week - Renowned fleets ready for Edgewater action

When the 2013 Cleveland Race commences this month at Edgewater Yacht Club, the J/70 Class will be joining the well-known fleets. Sailing legend Dave Ullman is registered to compete, and he will also hold a tune-up clinic on the afternoon of Friday, June 14. The J/70s supplement the many one-design and 'big boat' fleets who have served as the mainstays of this annual regatta.

The 9-day event is divided up as follows:

• One Design Series - June 15-16
• T-10 Lake Erie Championship - June 14-16
• RC Sailboat Regatta - June 17
• Women’s and Doublehanded Regatta - June 18
• Junior Regatta - June 19
• Offshore PHRF and PHRF OD Series - June 20-23

Mills Race a salute to Lake Erie history

Mills Trophy Race chairman Ron Soka points out the location of  the Bicentennial Buoy marking the site of Commodore Perry's victory over the British in the Battle of Lake Erie. The buoy will mark part of the course. In keeping with the tradition established during the past century, a colorful flotilla of vessels and their sailors will honor the history of the Mills Trophy Race this week, then set sail to write the next chapter.

The 90th running of the Mills takes place on Friday, with a staggered start from near the Toledo Harbor Light. The first boats are expected to reach the finish line near Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island in the wee hours of Saturday morning.

As the different classes of boats cover the various marked courses out on the open lake, all of them will pass over the exact location of the Battle of Lake Erie, where Oliver Hazard Perry led the U.S. Navy to victory against the British 200 years ago.   more...

Sally Barkow remains number one match racer in the U.S.

Sally Barkow (Nashotah, WI), winner of the Carlos Aguilar Grade 2 Open Match in the U.S. Virgin Islands remains the number one ranked U.S. match racer. Moving up to second is Dustin Durant (Long Beach, CA), who will be representing the U.S. at the ISAF Nations Cup Grand Finale in Denmark in August.  more...

US poisons invasive Lake Michigan lamprey larvae

In this photo taken July 16, 2010, a scientist with the Hammond Bay Biological Station near Huron Beach, Mich., holds a female sea lamprey. The lamprey uses its disk-shaped mouth and sharp teeth to fasten onto fish and suck out their bodily fluids. Beginning Tuesday, June 4, 2013, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to poison sea lamprey in Mitchell Creek, near where it enters lake Michigan's Grand Traverse Bay. The agency says the treatments are 95 percent to 99 percent effective in killing the larvae.Federal wildlife workers will go after one of the Great Lakes’ greatest invasive pests this week when they poison the larvae of sea lamprey in a stream feeding Lake Michigan.The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans treatments for Tuesday through next Sunday in the Mitchell Creek stream bottom. The creek flows through Traverse City State Park before entering Grand Traverse Bay’s east arm. The park is in Grand Traverse County’s East Bay Township, east of Traverse City.  more...

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