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Something Wicked this Way Comes…

Michigan Sea Grant is funding three new research projects that set out to tackle “wicked” problems. The new projects focus on:
  • Expansion of Michigan’s aquaculture industry;
  • Remediation of an Area of Concern at a former mining site in the Upper Peninsula; and
  • Climate change in the Grand Traverse Bay area.
What Makes a Problem ‘Wicked’?
While the problems themselves aren’t inherently evil (nor are they wicked awesome like your cousin from the East Coast might say), they can be particularly puzzling to sort out.
 
For example, when a complex environmental issue is challenging to address because there is no clear understanding of the cause, it is considered wicked. Typically, there are multiple groups with a stake in the issue — often with opposing perspectives — that are seeking solutions to the problem.

From the Researchers

Wicked Problem: Aquaculture in Michigan
... “We’re excited about the opportunity to provide an abundant supply of fresh, local fish products to Michiganders — when the strategic plan is developed and adopted,” said Colyn. “This project is unique in that it applies the integrated assessment approach to the development of a strategic plan for aquaculture in the state. As such, it is as much about business as it is about science. Bringing these two aspects of aquaculture together is important to growing a sustainable sector.”

Wicked Problem: Torch Lake Area of Concern
... “After more than 20 years of study and meetings on Torch Lake (by others), this project gives us a chance to put together an overview of the history of this site with information about the science and the public process that will be useful to citizens,” said Urban. “The experience gained through this project will hopefully help not only the people in this area work on other difficult problems, but will also help people elsewhere work on similar, seemingly intractable problems.”

Want to learn more about the projects or how you can get involved? Curious about why this research is important?

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Send Us Wicked Problems

Michigan Sea Grant would like your input to help shape our next request for proposals (RFP).

We’re looking for suggestions on wicked environmental problems that would make good research projects — do you know of any? Please send them by Oct. 30.

To learn more, see: Problems
Sustainable Coastal Tourism Development in Northeast Michigan


New Guide for Sustainable Tourism

Michigan Sea Grant recently released Sustainable Coastal Tourism Development in Northeast Michigan.

The guide provides basic information about the coastal tourism industry, stakeholder profiles, recommendations for building a sustainable approach to tourism development, and best practice case studies of northeast Michigan partners.

The guide is available free as a PDF.


Bird Deaths in NW Michigan

Waterfowl carcasses washing ashore in Leelanau and Benzie counties increased significantly this month. Hundreds of dead loons, as well as a number of other waterfowl species have been found along Lake Michigan beaches.
 
Samples collected in late September by Michigan Sea Grant tested positive for Type E botulism.

Learn more about:
- October Outbreak
- Avian Botulism
A Coho Salmon swims in the Grand River


Salmon Spotting in the Grand

The low water and lack of rain in west Michigan this fall allowed for clearer underwater video footage.

If you’ve ever wondered what goes on below the surface of the Grand River, or what Great Lakes salmon heading to spawn look like, check out this series of videos.  
 
See: Fish Videos


Preserve Your Catch

Autumn anglers often look for ways to guarantee a few good fish dinners as the season changes to the winter months.

One way to extend fish is to freeze the catch.
 
Canning is another way to preserve fish and offers advantages over freezing since it can be stored at room temperatures for long periods.
 
See: Freezing | Canning
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