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Newsletter - Tuesday 4/24/2012

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Michigan city creek barrier to keep invasive eel out of Lake Michigan

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) — Efforts to keep an invasive species out of Lake Michigan will get a boost from a new barrier set up along a Michigan City creek.

The sea lamprey barrier installed along Trail Creek is a collaboration between the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Army Corps of Engineers.

The barrier is designed to keep sea lamprey from moving to spawning areas and will trap those that try to move through, The Times in Munster reported (http://bit.ly/HXr3Rs ).

The sea lamprey is native to the Atlantic but arrived in the Great Lakes more than 75 years ago via seaways. The eel-like fish attaches itself to healthy fish and sucks fluids from them.

One sea lamprey can destroy more than 40 pounds of fish during its lifetime.  more...



Blessing the fleet safeguards ships and sailors from danger

When Commodore Daniel Collins of the Port Huron Yacht Club sets sail, he puts his trust in his seamanship, the integrity of the ship and God.

The 61-year-old Port Huron man said he especially looks to God to see him through unforeseen events on the water.

Collins and members of area maritime organizations gathered Saturday for the annual “Blessing of the Fleet” service at the Great Lakes Maritime Center in Port Huron. They prayed for the safety of the shipping industry and sailors as the St. Clair River flowed swiftly past the center’s windows.  more...


Sail the Sound for Deafness

On Thursday August 9, 2012, the Mill Neck Family of Organizations will host a Charitable Sailing Regatta in Oyster Bay, NY called “Sail the Sound for Deafness.” Oakcliff Sailing, The WaterFront Center, Oyster Bay Marine Center, the North Oyster Bay Baymen’s Association and various other organizations will co-host the event.  The Regatta will raise funds to benefit the Mill Neck Family of Organizations, a group of organizations serving people who are Deaf and/or have other special communication needs, locally, nationally and around the world.  more...


Gulari Is Golden In Charleston

The 2012 Melges 24 Gold Cup at Charleston Race Week was the third major event for Bora Gulari's West Marine Rigging/New England Ropes since last October, and it marked his third straight victory in a major Class championship. Gulari took the lead on the final race of the week from overnight leader and 2011 Charleston Race Week winner Kristen Lane (Brick House 812), winning his first ever Melges 24 Gold Cup, and second Charleston Race Week in three years.   more....


Congressman Supports Great Lakes Harbors Dredging (USA)

Congressman Fred Upton hailed this week’s House passage of legislation that would ensure future funding for vital harbor maintenance, keeping harbors throughout southwest Michigan and the Great Lakes open for business.

The commonsense provision, which was part of the short-term highway bill (H.R. 4348), guarantees that all funding in the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF) be fully used for its intended purpose of harbor maintenance. These revenues are already collected through the federal Harbor Maintenance Tax (HMT) that is imposed on commercial shippers for the purpose of maintaining our nation’s harbors.  more...





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