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30-acre island added to Detroit River wildlife refuge

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A 30-acre, uninhabited island is being added to the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge.

Officials say Sugar Island is part of conservation area surrounding the southern end of Grosse Ile in the Detroit River. It's located in Wayne County's Grosse Ile Township.

The island once was a destination for picnicking and had other attractions. It's near Boblo Island, which once was home to a well-known amusement park.  more...


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Outside Magazine Awards Boat of the Year to Sterling Kayaks. Wait, who?

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TSterling Kayaks Logohere is a bit of an upset at the Outside Magazine Gear of the Year awards this year. Rather then awarding the best boat category to one of the major players (Confluence, Johnson, etc.) Outside gave the honours to the Sterling Reflection.

Haven’t heard of Steling Kayaks you say? I don’t blame you as not many have. Right now they are a small hidden secret amongst some rough-water paddlers on the West Coast of North America. Think of the Sterling Reflection as the cool hip band that your teenage nephew saw in concert nine months before they became popular.  more...



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2012 Interlake Midwinters - D.C. - by Skip Dieball

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The Interlake Midwinters were, this year, hosted by the Washington DC fleet after a number of years down at Davis Island in Tampa.  The fleet responded to the change of venue with 18 boats showing up!

The weather on Friday for everyone's arrival was terrific with sunny skies and temps in the 70s.  For myself and Paul Abdullah, it provided the perfect situation to team up with Terry Kilpatrick from Customflex to put the finishing touches on my new Interlake, #1428.  Terry truly outdid himself on this one.  A few years ago when I sold 1418, I was nervous that I had sold the fastest Interlake ever built.  After all, I had won 3 consecutive Nationals in that machine....but let me tell you, 1428 is everything that boat was, but better.  The rigging is perfect, and it looks incredible and fair.  I'm excited and can't wait to sail it again!  more...



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Michigan city creek barrier to keep invasive eel out of Lake Michigan

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MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) — Efforts to keep an invasive species out of Lake Michigan will get a boost from a new barrier set up along a Michigan City creek.

The sea lamprey barrier installed along Trail Creek is a collaboration between the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Army Corps of Engineers.

The barrier is designed to keep sea lamprey from moving to spawning areas and will trap those that try to move through, The Times in Munster reported (http://bit.ly/HXr3Rs ).

The sea lamprey is native to the Atlantic but arrived in the Great Lakes more than 75 years ago via seaways. The eel-like fish attaches itself to healthy fish and sucks fluids from them.

One sea lamprey can destroy more than 40 pounds of fish during its lifetime.  more...



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Congressman Supports Great Lakes Harbors Dredging (USA)

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Congressman Fred Upton hailed this week’s House passage of legislation that would ensure future funding for vital harbor maintenance, keeping harbors throughout southwest Michigan and the Great Lakes open for business.

The commonsense provision, which was part of the short-term highway bill (H.R. 4348), guarantees that all funding in the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF) be fully used for its intended purpose of harbor maintenance. These revenues are already collected through the federal Harbor Maintenance Tax (HMT) that is imposed on commercial shippers for the purpose of maintaining our nation’s harbors.  more...


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Blessing the fleet safeguards ships and sailors from danger

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When Commodore Daniel Collins of the Port Huron Yacht Club sets sail, he puts his trust in his seamanship, the integrity of the ship and God.

The 61-year-old Port Huron man said he especially looks to God to see him through unforeseen events on the water.

Collins and members of area maritime organizations gathered Saturday for the annual “Blessing of the Fleet” service at the Great Lakes Maritime Center in Port Huron. They prayed for the safety of the shipping industry and sailors as the St. Clair River flowed swiftly past the center’s windows.  more...


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Sail the Sound for Deafness

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On Thursday August 9, 2012, the Mill Neck Family of Organizations will host a Charitable Sailing Regatta in Oyster Bay, NY called “Sail the Sound for Deafness.” Oakcliff Sailing, The WaterFront Center, Oyster Bay Marine Center, the North Oyster Bay Baymen’s Association and various other organizations will co-host the event.  The Regatta will raise funds to benefit the Mill Neck Family of Organizations, a group of organizations serving people who are Deaf and/or have other special communication needs, locally, nationally and around the world.  more...


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Gulari Is Golden In Charleston

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The 2012 Melges 24 Gold Cup at Charleston Race Week was the third major event for Bora Gulari's West Marine Rigging/New England Ropes since last October, and it marked his third straight victory in a major Class championship. Gulari took the lead on the final race of the week from overnight leader and 2011 Charleston Race Week winner Kristen Lane (Brick House 812), winning his first ever Melges 24 Gold Cup, and second Charleston Race Week in three years.   more....


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Children’s play highlights Great Lakes maritime history

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Jeff Duncan wrote short stories for years and they never went anywhere. Until one day, his friend at the Iowa Review told him the dialogue always was great in his stories. That’s when it hit him – he should write plays.

Twenty years later, Duncan just finished his 23rdplay. This one is for the Wild Swan Theater in Ann Arbor, Mich., where the plays are for children, he said.

Shipwrecked! is a play about a family caught in a storm while transporting Christmas trees in 1893, he said.

“They’re a family that owns a boat and does Great Lakes shipping,” he said. “November is a good month to have a wreck and in 1893 there was a bad recession so that’s why they were doing it.”  more...



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Adventure Technology Gives Back to Paddling Industry with 2012 Sponsorships

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Since they first came on the scene in 1993, Adventure Technology (AT) paddles have been redefining ergonomic paddle design and construction technology, all while gaining fans in every corner of the market. For 2012, AT is ready to give back to the industry with a number of national sponsorships and donations.

"The soul of Adventure Technology is in its name," said Hastings Blumer, assistant product manager for Adventure Technology. "We strive to provide the best paddle technology to those in the endless pursuit of adventure on the water. For 2012, we selected a lineup of sponsorships that reflect these values and are proud to support each of these organizations, events, expeditions, and individuals."  more...



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Michigan Maritime Museum to host 'War on the Great Lakes' exhibit

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The Michigan Maritime Museum will open its new exhibit "War on the Great Lakes" May 4.

The exhibit is based on the War of 1812 in commemoration of its 200th anniversary.

The museum will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Saturday and admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $4.50 for children.  more...


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State opportunity slipping away

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The idea: Transform Michigan into the Midwest’s premier inland port and transportation hub, uniquely linking air, sea, rail and road capabilities. Create a new industry, a Great Lakes Global Gateway, forged from our existing manufacturing and agricultural sectors.

The vision: Take advantage of our geography and infrastructure to become the lowest cost transportation center for freight originating in or destined for the industrial heartland of America.
Creating such a gateway would offer the largest single economic development opportunity in Michigan. It has the potential to create tens of thousands of good jobs within a decade, while reducing supply chain cost by as much as 20 percent.  more...



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Speaker to urge stronger water protections

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A prominent environmental lawyer who urges greater protection for our lakes and rivers will be keynote speaker Thursday evening at the local Sierra Club’s 14th annual environmental forum.Jim Olson, who practices law in northern Michigan, believes that threats to the Great Lakes and other waterways necessitate new state laws to protect them from commercial exploitation and pollution.  more...


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Old and New Rivalries Heat Up the Sea For Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week 2012

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CHARLESTON, SC -- (April 19, 2012)—America’s biggest regatta will see 17 different divisions of racing boats on six different courses battle it out over the next three days as sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week takes to the waters of Charleston Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean. Sailors from 10 countries and 29 states will race up to 12 races between Friday and Sunday, with champions crowned Sunday night at the regatta's beachside regatta village.  Races last between 40 minutes and two hours, and winners receive trophies, valuable prizes, and, of course, bragging rights. Classes include boats up to 72 feet long, and the largest class is the Viper 640, which has 41 entries.  more...


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Lake's ecosystem continues to change

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I recently had a discussion with a few local anglers about salmon fishing in Owen Sound Bay. The theories and ideas among this small group of individuals had me pounding my head in disbelief. Excuses for the poor fishing ranged from cormorants to commercial netting. The fact is, to some extent they were all wrong.

The food web in Lake Huron has undergone a drastic change in recent years and the major reason for this can be directly attributed to invasive species. I recently attended a meeting between local and regional MNR representatives and a collection of sportsmen who make up the local Community Fisheries and Wildlife Involvement Program (CFWIP) clubs. Present at this meeting was MNR management biologist Arunas Liskauskas, who represents the Upper Great Lakes Management Unit. During the meeting, Liskauskas gave an informative presentation on the Huron food web and the impacts invasive species have had on the fisheries that we as local anglers have become accustomed to. I will try to summarize a few of the points to shed some light on the situation in Lake Huron/Georgian Bay.  more...



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