Summer 2013: West Michigan Fish Notes
Video Series: Great Lakes Levels 101
Low water levels in Lake Michigan are raising many questions in west Michigan. Earlier this year, representatives from Michigan Sea Grant, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality presented an overview of Great Lakes water level dynamics and impacts at a gathering in West Olive. Topics including water diversion, dredging in the St. Clair River, and permitting were addressed. Holland TV recorded the proceedings, which are available on the Macatawa Area Coordinating Council's Vimeo site in this three-part series:
Part 1 - Mark Breederland, Michigan Sea Grant
Part 2 - Keith Kompoltowicz, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Part 3 - Luis Saldivia, MDEQ & Jeff Fritsma USACE
Be Careful What You Wish for When Managing Aquatic Weeds
Shallow lakes often suffer from excess nutrient inputs. Dense growth of aquatic plants can result, but plant management efforts can sometimes result in loss of water clarity and long-term problems with algae growth. Learn more.
Record Fish and Tournament Winners: Options for Preventing Weight Loss
It is best to weigh fish alive, but keeping dead fish cold and damp will help to prevent water loss if this is not possible. Keeping dead freshwater fish in ice water will result in weight gain if held for an extended period of time. Click for Full Article.
Fish Lifelists Offer New Goals for Anglers and Naturalists
Michigan lakes and rivers are home to an impressive number of fish species that most people never encounter. Keeping a lifelist is one way to explore and enjoy the variety of fish in local waters.
Resources for Starting your Lifelist
Checklist of Grand River Fish Species
Overcoming Seasickness While Boating on the Great Lakes
Don’t let a queasy stomach ruin your day on a big lake. Here are some tips for dealing with seasickness to enjoy your time on the Great Lakes.
Michigan Sea Grant YouTube Channel — Check it Out!
Whether you are looking for underwater video of salmon in local rivers, mini-documentaries on Michigan fish, or technical presentations on fisheries science and management, you will find something of interest on the Sea Grant channel.
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