SAULT STE. MARIE, ON—The Great Lakes Fishery Commission today presented Captain Denny Grinold, Chair of the Committee of Advisors of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission and past president of the Michigan Charter Boat Association, with the C.D. “Buzz” Besadny Award for fostering Great Lakes partnerships. The award, which the commission presents annually, recognized Captain Grinold for his tireless commitment to protecting and enhancing Great Lakes’ resources through determined participation in, and cultivation of, partnerships between anglers, the charter boat industry, Michigan DNRE, and the Great Lakes Fishery Commission.

Mr. Grinold, foremost a charter boat captain on Lake Michigan out of Grand Haven, Michigan has made extraordinary efforts to bring a diverse group of stakeholders on the Great Lakes together to solve many of its most pressing problems, including the Asian carp issue and investigating the potential for wind energy. Captain Grinold is currently serving, by appointment from Governor Granholm, on the Michigan Great Lakes Wind Council.

“In a unique relationship with the Great Lakes, Denny spends his time on the waters

No Lock Closure – Army Corps releases locks plan for dealing with Asian carp

(reprint – Associated Press)

The Army Corps of Engineers has scrapped a proposal to close navigational shipping locks in the Chicago waterway system as many as four days a week to prevent migration of Asian carp into Lake Michigan.

The Corps, however, is recommending temporary lock closures at times when biologists use fish poisons or other methods to search for carp in the well-traveled shipping corridors.

These recommendations were released Thursday as part of a three-year study into the state’s and federal government’s handling of the Asian carp crisis. The study looked at six scenarios for lock operation, including restricting boat and ship travel to three days a week or three weeks out of a month. In the end, Army Corps officials determined neither partial lock closure plan would prove much of a deterrent to Asian carp.

“(O)ut of the six alternatives considered by the Risk Assessment Panel, there was no alternative or combination of alternatives that the panel members determined would lower the risk of Asian carp establishing a self-sustaining population in Lake Michigan to an acceptable level,” the report states. “In other words, there was not a high probability that recommending regularly scheduled closures would reduce the risk.”

The results were something of a mixed blessing for shipping and boating industry experts who had warned of the devastating financial impact to the Chicago region if the Army Corps restricted boat and ship traffic to only a few days a week.

Business will likely continue as scheduled through the busy spring and summer cargo season on the Calumet-Sag Channel and the Chicago Sanitary and Shipping Canal, the primary waterway linking the Great Lakes to the Mississippi River.

However, the Army Corps’ analysis indicates the likelihood of more lock closures in the coming months as biologists continue to track down and eradicate Asian carp in local waterways. Last month, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources closed the O’Brien Lock and Dam in the Cal-Sag Channel for a week while crews cleaned up the remains of another massive fish kill aimed at locating Asian carp. Approximately 100,000 pounds of dead fish were recovered, but no Asian carp.

Changes to trout fishing regulations -public meetings

The Department of Natural Resource and Environment is planning a series of statewide public meetings on proposed changes to trout fishing regulations to give anglers a chance to provide input on the draft plan.

A copy of the draft plan is available online to review at .

A year ago, the DNRE’s Fisheries Division presented a proposal to the public for modifying regulations governing fishing for trout on Michigan’s streams. After extensive public solicitation for response to the proposals, a decision was made in the fall of 2009 to move forward only with combining existing Type 5, 6, and 7 streams into a new Gear Restricted Waters category.

(reprint) Hunt for Asian carp ends; none found

Hunt for Asian carp ends; none found (reprint)
After nearly a week of picking poisoned fish out of the Little Calumet River near Chicago, federal and state officials in Illinois today declared an end to the hunt for Asian carp, their intended target, saying none were found among the thousands of fish they recovered.

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