NACO

National Association of Charterboat Operators

GLMRIS Welcomes New Interim Program Manager

This spring brings "new life" to the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study (GLMRIS), as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) says farewell to retiring Program Manager Gary O'Keefe and welcomes the new Interim Program Manager Dave Romano. Romano brings 13 years of USACE Civil Works and Planning experience to the GLMRIS Team .

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Buoy on Lake Erie Marks 148-Year-Old Shipwreck Near Cleveland

A mournful headline in the Daily Cleveland Herald marked the passing of the Sultan during a storm in 1864, a few miles offshore from what is now the Collinwood neighborhood.

The 148-year-old wreck got a marker of a different sort Saturday, when 15 divers placed a white-and-blue buoy over the site, then made multiple dives to view the ship, which still lies in 45 feet of water in Lake Erie.

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Water-Monitoring Robofish Almost Ready to Patrol Great Lakes

“Things have been going slower then what we expected, but we are making good progress overall,” said Tan, associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Michigan State University.

Great Lakes Echo covered the early development stages of Tan’s robofish in 2009. His latest prototype can submerge, something the initial robofish couldn’t do.

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Isolated Chicago Lagoon Nets Two 60-Pound Asian Carp

Illinois fisheries biologists netted two Asian carp in a Chicago lagoon as part of a stepped-up effort to track and remove the invasive species from Illinois waterways.

The bighead carp found in the Garfield Park Lagoon were about 60 pounds each and probably had been there for many years, perhaps brought there when the pond was stocked or by a fisherman's bait bucket, state Department of Natural Resources spokesman Chris McCloud said.

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Coast Guard Finishing Up Navigational Aids

The Coast Guard is finishing up its seasonal placement and maintenance of navigational aids throughout the Great Lakes.One of these cutters was in Chequamegon Bay this week setting and adjusting buoys.

Operation Spring Restore, an annual Coast Guard mission to verify and replace 1,281 aids to navigation throughout the Great Lakes region, is almost four weeks ahead of schedule, due to an unusually light 2011/2012 ice season, the Coast Guard says. The mission began on March 13.  

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