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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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Fishes of the Grand River:

Pros and Cons of Dam Removal

Participants will learn to identify several Grand River fish species and the habitats they require through their life cycles. Dams restrict fish passage among habitats, which can be both harmful to native fish populations and useful for invasive species control. 

Removal of Sixth Street Dam in Grand Rapids is particularly controversial because it is the farthest downstream barrier on Michigan's longest river.

WHEN: 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 24, 2013

WHERE:
Kent County MSU Extension Office
775 Ball Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

COST:
$30 per participant

This program is being offered to graduates of MSU Extension's Master Naturalist program and also qualifies for 4 education hours toward Master Gardener recertification.  It is open to the public as space permits and registration by August 21 is required.

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10th Annual Grand Haven Salmon Festival

This multi-faceted festival highlights the return of Chinook salmon to the Grand River. 

WHEN: September 13-15

WHERE: Downtown Grand Haven
 
Events include Fresh Catch Fish Boil, KidZone with trout fishing pond, Salmon Cook-Off and much more.  Dr. Dan O'Keefe will be on hand at the Saturday Big King Fishing Contest weigh-in to discuss a new volunteer data collection effort related to natural reproduction of salmon.

Festival Details


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