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Newsletter - Monday 3/19/2012

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DNR, anglers discuss threats to fishing in Lake Michigan in 2012

ZEELAND -- Fishermen attending the Spring Salmon Spectacular hosted by Lakeshore Outfitters of Saugatuck were more concerned about the status of their chinook salmon fishery in Lake Michigan than the imposing thought of Asian carp.

That's no surprise to Michigan Department of Natural Resources senior fisheries biologist Kregg Smith. He shares their concern for the salmon, but also has to keep his mind on the foe from the south.  more...



Michigan’s Boating Industry on track for continued growth

As Michigan’s boating trade association prepares to move in its second boat show of 2012, the optimism from show management and exhibitors continues to rise.  The Spring Boating Expo is scheduled for March 15 -18 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Mich.  Space sales for this show are up more than 25% from 2011.  Space sales, attendance and boat sales were all up at the Detroit Boat Show in February which mirrored what most other first quarter shows experienced across the country.  more...


Study seeks origins of carp DNA in Chicago waters

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Federal scientists are studying whether genetic material from Asian carp found in waterways near Chicago suggests the presence of live fish.

DNA from bighead and silver carp has turned up in dozens of water samples taken beyond an electric barrier that's supposed to prevent the invasive plankton eaters from reaching Lake Michigan.  more...



Jim Gluek Wins 2012 MC Midwinters Championship

Well after a long five hour wait today we finally got in a third light air race to have an official championship in place. As most of you know we had 6 scheduled over the three days for the Midwinter Championship but we had a huge high pressure system park over central Florida. No "Crazy Ivans" (90 degree shifts) as in the first two races. Today we held it down to about 20-30 degree shifts but it was fair racing as you could always see things coming at you.  more...


Feasibility study for proposed Clipper

MUSKEGON COUNTY – Muskegon County commissioners, who are still considering a proposal to move the S.S. Milwaukee Clipper to Heritage Landing, agreed to a staff recommendation Thursday to have engineers complete a feasibility study.

The proposed docking of the historic Great Lakes passenger ferry along the east side of the county-owned park’s peninsula has generated a debate of competing arguments, some trumpeting the tourism potential and others criticizing the potential loss of Muskegon Lake views and access.  more...






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