(reprint) Attorneys general contend government failing in Asian carp fight

REPRINT from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – story by Dan Egan ( FULL STORY) Just as another massive fish poisoning of the Chicago canal system is about to begin, Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen and colleagues from four other Great Lakes states went on the attack Wednesday, claiming the federal government is failing in …

Michigan Port Collaborative Spring 2010 Summit

Registration Deadline Extended for Michigan Port Collaborative Spring 2010 Summit
Contact: Robert McCann (517) 373-7917
Agency: Natural Resources and Environment

The Michigan Port Collaborative Spring 2010 Summit will be taking place in Muskegon at the Holiday Inn Muskegon Harbor on May 20 and May 21. The deadline for early registration for the summit, with discounted rates, has been extended to Friday, May 14, while late registration will close on Tuesday, May 18.

The mission of the Michigan Port Collaborative is to elevate the recognition and economic vitality of our port communities while protecting and promoting our Great Lakes and developing our coast as “Michigan’s Front Door.” The collaborative is a diverse membership of public and private sector representatives of Michigan’s Great Lakes’ port communities represented by elected officials; tourism, convention, and visitors bureau leaders; cargo shipping, ferry, marina, and harbor operators; museums; economic development leaders; consultants; educators; and state and federal partners.

For further information on the Spring 2010 summit, go to http://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,1607,7-135-3308_3333_4169-234270–,00.html or contact 1-800-662-9278.

Public Comment (EA) regarding Double-crested Cormorant in Michigan

Federal agencies are requesting public input on a new Environmental Assessment (EA) regarding Double-crested Cormorant damage management in Michigan. The new analysis will replace an EA completed in 2004 and supplemented in 2006.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s Wildlife Services prepared the EA in cooperation with the Interior Department’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment, the Chippewa Ottawa Resource Authority, the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, the Bay Mills Indian Community, and the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians were consulted during preparation of the EA.

The proposed management alternative would use an integrated wildlife damage management approach to reduce cormorant damage to property, aquaculture and natural resources, as well as cormorant-related risks to public safety. Physical exclusion, habitat modification or harassment would be used, when appropriate, to reduce damage. In other situations, birds may be humanely removed by shooting, egg oiling/destruction, nest destruction or euthanasia following live capture.

The proposed alternative is similar to the current management program but increases the maximum number of cormorants that may be lethally removed from 10,500 to 20,000 birds per year. It requires a minimum of 5,000 breeding pairs of cormorants be allowed to remain in the state.

2010 Lake Huron Regional Fisheries Meeting

2010 Lake Huron Regional Fisheries Workshops

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Spring fishery workshops offer current research and information related to the status of the Lake Huron fishery Michigan Sea Grant and Michigan State University Extension, in partnership with the Department of Natural Resources and Environment Fisheries Division, USGS Great Lakes Science Center, and local fishery organizations will be hosting five evening regional workshops across Lake Huron’s coastline.

Workshops are open to the public, and will provide valuable information for anglers, charter captains, resource professionals, and others interested in attending, including updates related to salmon management in Lake Huron, walleyes in Saginaw Bay, forage fish surveys and results from the recent Lake Huron predator diet study, among other Lake Huron related topics.

Port Huron
Date: Wednesday, April 14
Time: 7:15 — 9:30 p.m.
Location: Great Lakes Maritime Center
51 Water Street, Port Huron, MI 48060

Ubly
Date: Thursday, April 15
Time: 6:30 — 9:00 p.m.
Location: Ubly Fox Hunter’s Club
8780 S. Ubly Rd, Ubly, MI 48475

Alpena
Date: Monday, April 19
Time: 6:30 — 9:00 p.m.
Location: NOAA Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center
500 W. Fletcher St., Alpena, MI 49707

Tawas City
Date: Wednesday, April 28
Time: 6:30 — 9:00 p.m.
Location: Day’s Inn of Tawas
1020 U.S. 23, Tawas City, MI 48763

Cedarville
Date: Monday, May 3
Time: 6:30 — 9:00 p.m.
Location: Les Cheneaux Sportsman’s Club
M-134, Cedarville, MI 49719
(Approx. 2-3 miles east of blinking light in Cedarville)

www.michigancharterboats.com

Mailing Address: 9760 Judd Road Willis, MI 48191 1-800-622-2971