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Summer 2015: West Michigan Fish Notes


New study finds Michigan boaters unsure on invasive species prevention



Boaters want to take steps to prevent the spread of invasive species, but survey results suggest that many do not know which steps are now required by law. In Michigan, boaters are required to remove plant material from boats before launching and drain water from bilges and live wells before leaving the launch area. Nearly 18 percent of boaters believed that removing plants is not required, and 21 percent believed that draining is not required.

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MSU research focuses on invasive crayfish found in Holland



The remains of red swamp crayfish were found at a popular fishing site on Lake Macatawa on June 26, 2015 by MSU graduate student Kelley Smith. Anglers should be aware that possession of live red swamp crayfish is now prohibited in Michigan. The Michigan DNR and researchers at MSU are now working on mapping the distribution of native and invasive crayfish in Michigan waters.

Learn more about research and outreach efforts
 


 

Freshwater drum: sheephead by another name



Two recent articles from MSU Extension tackle myths and misconceptions surrounding this abundant (but oddly unpopular) native fish:

Fishing tournament focuses on freshwater drum

Freshwater drum are fun to catch, but can you eat them?

Grand Haven Salmon Fest

The 12th annual Salmon Festival celebrates the end of summer and the beginning of the salmon run. Michigan Sea Grant will be on hand at the BIg King Fishing Contest weigh-in and KidZone.

WHEN: Sept. 18-21
See schedule for all events

WHERE: Grand Haven Waterfront

Introduction to Lakes Online


This popular in-person offering from MSU Extension is now being offered online!

Units include:
• Lake ecology
• Lakes and their shorelines
• Michigan water law
• Aquatic plant management
• Citizen involvement

Cost: $75.00

Register by: Oct. 1

Time: Oct. 6 to Nov. 18

Location: Your laptop!

Registration and details


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