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Even Man's Best Friend Needs A Life Jacket

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ANNAPOLIS, Md., May 16, 2012 - It doesn't take National Safe Boating Week (May 19-25) to remind us that life jackets are important, even for man's best friend. But no matter water dog or a lap dog, the life jacket has to be right-sized - so how will you know it fits? The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety has released "Foundation Findings #52," the latest boating safety equipment product testing series now chronicled in the June/July 2012 BoatUS Magazine, "It's a Dog's Life (Jacket)." more

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New Boater-Assistance Service Opens on Lake Superior

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Black Warrior Marine in Bayfield, Wisconsin, Joins the BoatUS Fleet

BAYFIELD, Wis., May 14, 2012 - Capt. Tucker Culberson, who has been boating on Lake Superior since he was a young boy, has turned his passion for Northern Wisconsin waters into a career. Culberson earned his USCG captain's license when he was still in high school and has been working on boats ever since. Now he has launched his own business, an on-the-water towing service that will be a boon to boaters who need a jumpstart, run out of fuel, have a mechanical breakdown or run aground. more

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The Life of a Middle-Aged Boat And What to Do About It

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ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 11, 2012 - With people, middle age begins at around 40. With boats, it's about the 10-year mark. And for both, it signals a time when age begins to show. But that doesn't mean life is slowing down - only that more effort is needed to stay in shape. With decade-old boats, that means taking a hard look at things that haven't been checked out over the years. BoatUS has these nine "middle age" maintenance tips on boats: more

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DNR: Searchable fishing regulations tool now available

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MADISON -- Just in time for the opening day of the 2012 inland fishing season, anglers have a new and easier way to figure out what fishing regulations are on their favorite inland lake.A new searchable database allows anglers to search by lake, by county and by multiple counties to pull up an interactive map and a listing of the fishing regulations for that water.  more...


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Keewatin to leave Kalamazoo Lake on June 2

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The historic steamship Keewatin will be leaving its home of more than 40 years at the beginning of June.

Work continues on the vessel and in Lake Kalamazoo in Douglas for a departure date of June 2.

“It depends on the weather,” said Eric Conroy, spokesman for ship owner Gil Blutrich of Canada. Blutrich is chairman and president of Skyline International Development Inc., a private Canadian investment and management company.  more...



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Erie men on trial on illegal fishing charges

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At what tenth-inch does a translucent fishing line netted and stretched in the waters of Lake Erie cross the line between business as usual and a crime?

That is the question before an Erie County judge who is weighing charges that Pennsylvania's last Lake Erie commercial fishermen used illegal gill nets to seine prize perch, bass and other fish species from the lake off the coast of Harborcreek.

Gerald Mathers, 67, and his son, Aaron Mathers, 27, owners and operators of Big Tony-the Last Fisherman, on East Lake Road, stand accused of casting illegal gill nets, with a span of more than half a mile, a year ago.

The government says the nets, 23 panels made of thin, dyed monofilament strands, were illegally designed to trap fish by the gills.   more...


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10 Tips for Choosing Marine Stereos

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Chooseand install wisely, or your new marine stereo probably won't last long.Take these 10 tips for choosing marine stereos to heart, or there’s a good chance that the expensive sound system you install on your boat will soon be croaking instead of crooning.

1. Never buy anything that says “marinized.” This is code for saying it’s an automotive system with a spray-coated circuit-board, which is being marketed to boaters. Chances are it won’t last long in the marine environment.

2. Mount the head unit belowdecks whenever possible. Then put a waterproof remote at the dash. That will extend the life of the stereo significantly, even though the remote may need replacement every season or two.

3. Look for IPX ratings. Even if your stereo is mounted belowdecks, the moist marine environment will soon take a toll. Stereos with an IPX rating of at least 6 (tested with blasts of pressurized water) are a must. An IPX rating of 7 (which requires test units to be submerged for up to 30 minutes at a depth of one meter) is even better.  more...



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Boat building: the rewards of doing it yourself

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My father was recovering from a heart attack, flipping through a magazine at the library, when he decided to build his first boat.

He saw an ad for a wooden kayak kit, and something about the grace of the construction and the fact that it was done by hand struck him. Despite a lack of woodworking skills, he decided to try building one himself.

"The process was slow and plodding," he said. "But then a light bulb goes off in your head and you realize why it was designed that way, why it fits that way."

That was back in 2001, and there have been other projects since: a 14-foot sailboat, a second kayak and a guitar. Working with wood is a constant learning experience for my dad, Russ Glazer. On the phone, he'll launch into a breathless discussion of scarf joints, rolling bevels or Brazilian blood wood. He studies diagrams, calls manufacturers, browses online forums, reads instructions, and collects purple bruises and bloodied fingers.  more...



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City of Muskegon-owned Lakeshore Trail land to get shoreline restoration

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Cost savings on waterfront restoration on a dozen sites along Muskegon Lake’s south shore will allow for more environmental work to be done this summer. The $10 million National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration grant will now pay for work along the Lakeshore Trail bike path below Lakeshore Drive. The work will be along the city of Muskegon-owned waterfront property from the Lakeshore Yacht Harbour on the east to the former Amoco tank farm property on the west.  more...


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Remoteness helps Apostles' appeal

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Apostle IslandsThe Ojibwe were the first to paddle to the islands. Centuries later came explorers, fur traders, hardy voyageurs and Jesuit missionaries.

Sounds like a chapter from a Canadian history book, but the islands are south of the border, near the western end of Lake Superior, in what is now Wisconsin.

No one knows what the Ojibwe called the islands. But they became the Apostles, possibly because the early Europeans could see only 12 from canoe level.

Turned out there were 22.

Today, all but one belong to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, part of the U.S. National Parks Service. The exception is Madeline.  more...



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Great Lakes lamprey will be baked into a dish fit for a queen

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Sea lamprey, above, are protected in England, so pie-makers for Queen Elizabeth II put out a call to the Great Lakes.Sea lamprey may be one of the most hated species in the Great Lakes, but it's a key ingredient in a traditional English pie that will be given to Britain's Queen Elizabeth II for her Diamond Jubilee in June.

But because the eel-like creatures are now a protected species in England, the City of Gloucester, which has given the pie as a gift to the monarch since the Middle Ages, made a request for the lamprey to the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, which was only too happy to supply them. Unfortunately, the English need only a few to make the pie. more...



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Advocates get good news on new Rouge national park

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The federal government will consider including an expanse of land stretching from Lake Ontario to the Oak Ridges Moraine in a new national park, says the chair of the Rouge Park Alliance.

The revelation, made last Friday at an Alliance meeting, is good news for park advocates, who have long contended that the protected land should connect the lakeshore with the moraine.  more...



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'Circle the Lake' signs highlight Lake St. Clair

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MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) — New signs are directing people to attractions along the Lake St. Clair waterfront in southeast Michigan.

Macomb County officials say the "Circle the Lake Tour" signs were developed though a collaborative effort by the Lake St. Clair Tourism Initiative and the Macomb County Planning and Economic Development Department. Arrows on the 52 signs in Macomb County show the way to places of interest.  more...



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Tell your fish story to the state

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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will be out collecting data at lakes, rivers and Great Lakes ports - seeking information about anglers' fishing experiences this year as fishing season opens this Saturday.

DNR creel clerks will ask anglers how long they fished, what species they were targeting and how many fish were harvested and/or released. In some cases, clerks may ask to measure or weigh fish and take scale samples.  more...



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Learning on the Lake with Buffalo Urban Outdoor Education

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Learning on the Lake with Buffalo Urban Outdoor Education Despite the fact that they live in a city with such a significant historic role as a Great Lakes port, many of Buffalo's public school students are lacking in knowledge and hands-on experience with the great natural resource that lies just outside their door.

A locally-based organization, Buffalo Urban Outdoor Education (BUOE) is partnering with the school-based community organization Closing the Gap in Student Performance, to provide hands-on water education and sailing programs on Lake Erie for hundreds of Buffalo students.  more...


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