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10/12/16 - Ups and Downs of Lake Michigan Fishing - Scottville, MI
10/12/16 - River Talk - Big and Small: Plastic Garbage in the St. Louis River, Great Lakes and Pacific Ocean - Duluth, MN
10/21/16 - Flux: Water in Art and Science - Madison, WI
10/24/16 - Visioning for City of St. Ignace Waterfront
10/24/16 - Water of Wisconsin - Photography Exhibit opening and talk  - West Bend, WI
10/24/16 - Save the Lake Salt Summit - Lake George, NY
10/25/16 - Creating an Updated Vision for Rogers City Waterfront
11/2-3/16 - Great Lakes Fisheries Heritage Trails Conference - Alpena, MI
11/3/16 - Aquaculture Seminars - Corey Peet hones in on Asian shrimp aquaculture - Milwaukee, WI
11/17/16 - Aquaculture Seminars - Dana Morse of the University of Maine will discuss the Canada’s scallop aquaculture industry - Milwaukee, WI
11/9/16 - River Talk - Piping Plover Habitat Restoration - Duluth, MN
1/11/17 - River Talk - Wisconsin Point Habitat Restoration - Duluth, MN
12/1/16 - Aquaculture Seminars - Dr. Rick Goetz of NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Center will provide an overview of recommended aquaculture species for those looking to begin fish farms - Milwaukee, WI
12/13/16 - AFDO/Seafood Alliance HACCP Training Course - Brimley, MI
12/8/16 - Aquaculture Seminars - ocean cage aquaculture by Chris Bridger of the Huntsman Marine Science Center - Milwaukee, WI
2/8/17 - River Talk - Steel Corrosion in the Harbor - Superior, WI
3/14/17 - River Talk - River History and Stories - Superior, WI
4/12/17 - River Talk - Mercury Research Project - Superior, WI

NYSG - NOAA and Sea Grant Fund $800K in Ocean Acidification Research 
MISG - Students and faculty build first geospatial database of Great Lakes, make available to public
WISG - How Very Meta - A pair of UW-Milwaukee researchers will map the bacterial colonies of a series of well aquifers near Waukesha using cutting-edge metagenomics 
IISG - Bigger shrimp can mean bigger profits
IISG - #SummerSurvey2016 on the Lake Guardian
OHSG - Lake Erie Charter Captains Play a Major Role in Water Quality Sampling
IISG - CGLL scientist spotlight: Tim Hoellein 
IISG - Two Yellow Buoys sits for an interview with the Big Ten Network
PASG - Spotted Lanternfly Found in Six Additional Municipalities
MISG - 30th anniversary of 1986 Great Flood sparks memories, special project - mlive
WISG - Sea Grant Photography Project Focuses Kids on Water 
WISG - Switching from Lakes to Streams: Alex Latzka, New Water Resources Policy Fellow 
MNSG - Clean Water Summit to Showcase Green Infrastructure Practices
WISG - Capitol Hill Coastal Economic Resiliency Briefing Draws Crowd
MNSG - Practical Solutions Focus of October Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference
MNSG - Surrender Event Seeks Unwanted Aquarium Fish and Plants
IISG - Medicine disposal for communities is helped by upcoming DEA Take-Back Initiative

WISG - Lake Herring Aquaculture Manual
 The manual was authored by Fischer; Kendall Holmes, UWSP NADF foreman; and by Emma Wiermaa, UWSP NADF and Wisconsin Sea Grant aquaculture outreach specialist, who also organized the information and designed the manual. The manual is available online or by contacting the NADF.

WISG - UW Aquatic Sciences Chronicle, 2016 Volume 3

  • Connect with the new Water Library website!
  • New studies aim to protect and better manage Wisconsin’s water wealth
  • Crude oil transport: Getting a grip on a slippery issue
  • A Ray of light: Sunlight breaks down the molecules of chemical contaminants in water. The question is, how long will it take?
  • Unraveling the radium riddle
  • St Louis River speaker series concludes third year
  • Habitatattitude: No release—habitatattitude continues to prevent AIS
  • Wisconsin teachers trade whiteboards for whitecaps
  • Start savoring Wisconsin fish
MISG - Upwellings
  • 5 new projects Launch with MI Sea Grant's Support
  • Celebrating Sea Grant's 50th Anniversary - Mark Breederland, Katy Hintzen and Dan O'Keefe
  • HABs on the Horizon
  • Van Snider Outstanding Partnership Award
  • Sea Grant Staff Recognized for Efforts
  • As the new school year begins, dive into science with the National OCean Sciences Bowl!
  • What is an alligator gar?
  • Five different species of lamprey live in the Great Lakes region
  • Add more color to your green infrastructure
  • Fast Facts on Lake Michigan salmon and trout

MISG - Extension News

PASG - Newspapers in Education

Staff News
IISG - Purdue research and extension fishery scientist joins the team
Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant welcomes Mitchell Zischke, their new research and extension fishery scientist. He will be located at Purdue University’s West Lafayette campus. The focus of his research, extension, and teaching program is the biology, ecology, and socioeconomics of fisheries.  Mitchell’s work primarily focuses on the Great Lakes where he employs laboratory and field-based tools to explore population dynamics and ecology of fish species such as lake whitefish, walleye, yellow perch, and salmonid species. He also uses survey data to explore changes in recreational fishery characteristics such as catch rates and angler satisfaction. His extension program aims to increase communication among fisheries, researchers, managers, and other stakeholders by hosting public workshops and developing products such as online data portals. Mitch also has extensive experience in tropical marine fish and fisheries. He has conducted research on pelagic species such as wahoo, mackerel and tunas, and estuarine species such as blue threadfin. He was worked for state and federal fishery management organizations in Australia. Mitchell obtained a Bachelor of Science (honors) majoring in tropical marine science in 2006 and a PhD in fisheries science in 2013, both from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.

MNSG - Thoms Joins MNSG as the Public Relations and Communications Specialist
Marie Thoms has joined Minnesota Sea Grant as the program’s Public Relations and Communications Specialist. Minnesota Sea Grant is a University of Minnesota and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration partnership committed to delivering science-based solutions that address Minnesota's coastal challenges. Thoms will work with Sea Grant and university staff, media, the public, special interest groups and others to ensure that information about Sea Grant’s aquatic science, events and opportunities is shared broadly in a timely and effective way.  “We are especially delighted that Marie was daring enough to leap from Fairbanks to Duluth to join our staff,” said John Downing, Director of the Minnesota Sea Grant Program. “Given the ideas she and the rest of the staff have already discussed, I suspect she will hit the ground running.”  Thoms, a native of Ohio, spent the last 13 years as the Communication and Web Manager at the Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska Fairbanks. “I thoroughly enjoyed my work, my colleagues, and living in Alaska,” said Thoms, “but combining my passion for science and communication at Minnesota Sea Grant was an irresistible opportunity.”   Thoms earned an MA in Professional Communication from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, a BS in Biological Sciences from Western Michigan University and a BS in Natural Resources and Environmental Communication from Ohio State. Along the way, she has worked in the newsroom of a daily paper, state natural resource and parks departments, and with the Environmental Protection Agency and the American Red Cross.

MISG - Katy Hintzen Leaving Michigan for Hawaii

Aloha!  It means hello and, sadly, it also means goodbye.  Please join me in congratulating Katy Hintzen, who has accepted a position with Hawaii Sea Grant. We’re sad she’s leaving Michigan, but thrilled she is staying in the Sea Grant family.  
After Sea Grant Week, Katy will begin her new job as Hawaii Sea Grant’s Climate Change Adaptation Specialist. It’s a fantastic opportunity for her -- and possibly gives us a future retreat destination! On behalf of our Michigan Sea Grant Management Team, Mahalo Katy, and we look forward to following your career progress and leadership in climate change adaptation.  As a new Extension educator in the Saginaw Bay area, Katy enhanced Mary's and Brandon’s connections in the region, and built a solid base of connections with the emergency and water resources management communities.  She completed a survey of constituents to assess leaders’ perceptions about extreme storms and their emergency preparedness plans. She created the first Saginaw Bay Youth Fish Camp, participated in 4-H camp and fishery workshops. Most recently Katy organized a unique way to gather residents’ memories of the area’s 1986 flood to note its anniversary. Through that process she also found ways to inform and educate the community on resiliency issues.  The list of all that she has accomplished could go on and on, but even more important, Katy has been a supportive, creative, fun and enthusiastic team member, whom I’m sure we will all miss. Mahalo Katy!

MISG - Job Announcement - MSU Extension Educator – Michigan Sea Grant – Saginaw/Bay area
Michigan Sea Grant Extension seeks to hire an Extension Educator, to be part of a collaborative team and provide overall leadership for the Saginaw Bay region, and sharing knowledge and skills with colleagues in other parts of the state, Great Lakes region and nation. This person will collaborate with other partners to support activities related to the conservation of Saginaw Bay coastal wetlands and nearshore habitats for water quality and fish and wildlife populations and a vibrant coastal economy. Also, the educator will engage in applied research and Sea Grant Extension activities that contribute to the sustainability of Lake Huron and its coastal communities.  Parties interested in this position should go to and search for posting number 4076. Application deadline, open until filled.

NYSG - Job Announcement: New York Sea Grant - "Great Lakes Fisheries and Ecosystem Health Specialist"
The specialist hired will conduct extension and outreach programming as well as applied research in Great Lakes fisheries and ecosystem health science, management and policy.  This position is full-time (40 hours/week) and will be located in Oswego, New York. This is a three year appointment with possible extension depending on funding and performance. Applications are being accepted online; A review of what is submitted will commence on October 17, 2016.

IISG - EPA Region 5 recognizes Caitie Nigrelli with two Bronze Medal Awards
Caitie Nigrelli, IISG environmental social scientist, was recognized with two Bronze Medal Awards from U.S. EPA Region 5 for her work as part of the East Branch Grand Calumet River remediation and restoration project team and the Lincoln Park area and Milwaukee River Channel remediation and restoration project team.

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