Information pertaining to the various laws and regulations of marine living

Ice Fishing: Tips, Tricks And Safety

Ice fishing is a tradition in many northern states of the United States.  With the robust amount of natural inland lakes and cold weather during the winters we often get many inches of ice on lakes allowing for all kinds of fisherman to enjoy the sport all year long.  People build little ice towns out on the ice, shanties with heaters and places to escape the wind while you fish through a small hole in the ice at your feet.  From [...]

By |2019-01-22T18:01:09+00:00January 22nd, 2019|Environment, Laws, Safety and Regulations, New Products, News|Comments Off on Ice Fishing: Tips, Tricks And Safety

PFAS Chemicals In Our Water

If you live in Michigan and have listened to the news lately, it is likely that you have heard about the various instances of PFAS contamination in our water.  With PFAS showing up in at 30 different sites at affecting 15 different communities.  PFAS is an extremely dangerous chemical to humans and wild life that lingers in the environment for so long they are referred to as "forever chemicals."  It has the ability to build up at the surface of the [...]

By |2018-12-28T15:28:57+00:00December 18th, 2018|Environment, Laws, Safety and Regulations, News|Comments Off on PFAS Chemicals In Our Water

Birds of the Great Lakes Region

The Great Lakes Region has one of the most diverse and beautiful collection of waterfowl in North America.  With 3000 miles of coast line in Michigan, dozens of species, various mating and breeding habits as well as migration routes there are plenty of opportunists to spot these birds all year round.  This collection of birds attracts bird watchers, casual viewers and hunters a like every year. Protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, this is the primary law protecting [...]

By |2018-12-28T15:29:12+00:00December 17th, 2018|Environment, Laws, Safety and Regulations, News|Comments Off on Birds of the Great Lakes Region

Boating Safety: Laws, Rules & Regulations.

Boating in Michigan is a part of life in the Great Lakes State.  Using proper safety precautions and complying with the latest procedures is a must before using your boat on the water.  With the upcoming 2019 summer season only a few months away, it is always good to refresh yourself on the latest rules, laws and regulations for participating on Michigan's waters. First step is to register your watercraft with the state.  This insures your boat is legal come time [...]

By |2018-12-28T16:02:25+00:00December 17th, 2018|Environment, Laws, Safety and Regulations, News|Comments Off on Boating Safety: Laws, Rules & Regulations.

Fishing Requirements In Michigan

Fishing has long been a cherished pastime in Michigan and all of the surrounding Great Lakes states. With over 11,000 different lakes in Michigan alone.  Fishing is a great source of fun and adventure for the experienced or junior sportsman; with that in mind here are some rules, procedures and laws that everyone looking to fish michigan's waters should be aware of.  The first thing the sportsman must do is purchase a valid fishing license from a local license retailer or [...]

By |2018-12-28T15:52:14+00:00December 12th, 2018|Environment, Laws, Safety and Regulations, News|Comments Off on Fishing Requirements In Michigan

You Can Help Prevent The Spread Of Zebra Mussels

Zebra mussels continue to spread throughout the Great Lakes states it is more important than ever to learn good habits for preventing the spread of this and other invasive species.  Below are a few techniques to turn every boaters habits into healthier alternatives for Michigan's waters. When transporting your boat drain all bilge pumps, live wells, and bait buckets.  Next thoroughly inspect the boats hull, trim plates, prop guards, pontoons, and trailer.  Remove any mussels that may have affixed themselves to [...]

By |2018-12-28T17:39:37+00:00November 15th, 2018|Environment, Laws, Safety and Regulations, News|Comments Off on You Can Help Prevent The Spread Of Zebra Mussels

The Invasive Dilemma in the Great Lakes

If you live anywhere near any of the Great lakes chances are you have at least heard of the problem of invasive species, such as zebra muscles or more recently the Ongoing Asian Carp Drama.  The main concern regarding the movement of the carp, more than the zebra muscle, centers on their tendency to dominate and push out indigenous species in the lakes and rivers. Effectively this decimates the ecological and economic basis of these waterways, potentially permanently altering the [...]

By |2018-12-17T18:23:19+00:00April 22nd, 2013|Environment, Laws, Safety and Regulations, News|Comments Off on The Invasive Dilemma in the Great Lakes

The Ongoing Asian Carp Drama

Over the last few years in every community around the Great Lakes there has been talk of an invader.  At first this talk was only a rumor, a subtle whispering of a possibility.  This invader, from the east, arrived from the south in the 1970’s and has steadily moved north, edging ever closer to the Great Lakes Basin.  This invader is tenacious in its movement, veracious in its appetite, and, once established in an area, “virtually impossible to eradicate”.  The name [...]

By |2018-12-17T18:23:26+00:00April 3rd, 2013|Environment, Laws, Safety and Regulations, News|Comments Off on The Ongoing Asian Carp Drama

Boating Season Hits a New Low

Running aground is no fun, just ask the captain of the Exxon Valdez.  Over the last few years there have been some significant changes to the environment of Michigan’s lakes that directly impact those of us who own one of the 800,000+ boats registered in the state of Michigan.  Michigan ranks third in the nation for boating population and recent developments in weather, both natural and political, have placed this crucial economic past time directly at the center of action. With [...]

By |2018-12-17T18:23:55+00:00March 7th, 2013|Boat Lifts, Docks, Environment, Installs & Removals, Laws, Safety and Regulations, Maintenance, News|Comments Off on Boating Season Hits a New Low

Sharing the Waterfront Environment: Bees, Spiders and Squirrels

When we buy something we are used to thinking of it as our possession; once money leaves our pocket, we own it.  Most of us share our homes and even our cars with our family and perhaps friends but for the most part, what we buy we own.  Yet, if we take the time to think about it, many of the things we own, especially those that are exposed to nature, are borrowed or used by others.  In a related article [...]

By |2018-12-17T18:24:24+00:00January 16th, 2013|Environment, Laws, Safety and Regulations, News|Comments Off on Sharing the Waterfront Environment: Bees, Spiders and Squirrels