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NOAA FishWatch
Thinking of frying up some Great Lakes fish this weekend? Visit the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's FishWatch website to learn all about seafood. FishWatch provides information to help consumers make smart decisions regarding farmed vs. wild caught fish, seafood safety, and more.

Cornell researchers examining impact of fish-killing virus on muskie in St. Lawrence River
New York Sea Grant is funding research by Cornell University to better understand the impact of viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus (VHS) on an economically and ecologically important sportfish, the muskellunge, in the St. Lawrence River.

Great Lakes Dredging Team
The Great Lakes Dredging Team (GLDT) has launched a new, updated website. The GLDT site was created and is maintained by the Great Lakes Commission. The GLDT serves as a forum for both governmental and non-governmental Great Lakes dredging interests to discuss the region's dredging needs. Check it out today!

Invasive species field course
The Inland Seas Association's Invasive Species Field Course has been developed to teach educators and environmental professionals about invasive species in the Great Lakes region, and to prepare them to effectively teach others about invasive species. The course takes place June 18-20 in Traverse City, Mich.

New dangerous currents outreach program focuses on Michigan's Great Lakes coasts
The Great Lakes Current Incident Database was started to help weather forecasters alert the public to potentially hazardous swimming conditions. The new tool was launched in April and is expected to be useful to researchers, the news media and the general public in promoting safe swimming.

National Safe Boating Week
The National Weather Service has partnered with the National Safe Boating Council to help promote safe boating practices, and May 17-23 is National Safe Boating Week. Check out NOAA's website to learn more about how to prepare yourself for a safe, fun summer on the Great Lakes!

Climate Change Impacts on Wildlife
Climate change in the Great Lakes region and beyond is expected to promote shifts in the ranges and phenology of well-known plant and animal species. Learn more by participating in a free webinar presented by the Ohio State University Climate Change Outreach Team on May 29.

The Compass
The May issue of the Council of Great Lakes Governorsí quarterly newsletter, The Compass, is now available online. The Compass provides an update on the Governorsí high performance agenda and ongoing work through the Council.

2014 Saginaw Bay Watershed Conference
Register now for the 2014 Saginaw Bay Watershed Conference to be held at Saginaw Valley State University on June 12. Todd Ambs, campaign director of Healing Our Waters, will provide a holistic perspective on Great Lakes water quality, while Jon Allan, director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality's Office of the Great Lakes, will discuss the new Michigan Water Strategy.

Dangerous currents
Dangerous currents are fairly common in the Great Lakes. As currents strengthen, they can turn from inconvenient to dangerous and even deadly. Learn more about how to be safe at the beach and the science behind dangerous currents at a newly revised Michigan Sea Grant Dangerous Currents website.

Climate adaptation in the Great Lakes region
Join researchers and practitioners from the Great Lakes region on June 24-26 for the Captstone Conference: Adaptation in the Great Lakes Region. The conference will focus on climate adaptation efforts in various sectors and across various scales. This event will be held in Ann Arbor, Mich.

SUNY Buffalo State heads $2 million project to investigate ecology of emerald shiner
Scientists at SUNY Buffalo State are taking the lead in a $2 million project to safeguard the environmental health of the upper Niagara River. It all depends on a small silvery-green fish, the emerald shiner.

Great Lakes migratory birds
A new Great Lakes Now Connect episode produced by Detroit Public Television covers the subject of migratory birds in the Great Lakes region. Nature and birding experts discuss how we can be better hosts for birds in our backyard and around the world.

Agreement on WRRDA conference report
An agreement has been reached on the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) conference report. This conference report maintains ports and navigation routes for commerce and the movement of goods, provides flood control that protects lives and property, and restores vital ecosystems to preserve our natural heritage.

Invasive Species Education Summit
Wisconsin's third annual Invasive Species Education Summit hosted by the Wisconsin Invasive Species Council and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will be held June 10th at Beaver Creek Reserve in Fall Creek, Wis.

New tour app explores Chicago lakefront stories
A new app is helping tourists and residents alike experience the downtown Chicago lakefront like never before. Chicago Water Walk takes you on a journey through time to discover how Lake Michigan and the Chicago River transformed a small trading post into an economic and cultural hub.

Canadian Water Summit
The 2014 Canadian Water Summit is returning to Toronto on June 18th to put the spotlight on urban water issues. The event will connect water professionals with paths that lead to solving the Canadian urban water puzzle.

Michigan Clean Marina Workshop
A Michigan Clean Marina Workshop will be held in Bay City, Mich., on May 15. The public are encouraged to attend as well as community leaders and marina owner-operators who are interested in seeking certification. The workshop is free, but registration is required.

2014 River Symposium
The St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences presents the 2014 River Symposium on May 7-8 in Cornwall, Ont. This year's theme is "Preparing for our Future" and presentations will focus on future plans, delisting Areas of Concern, and nearshore water quality.

GLIN May Site of the Month
GLIN's May Site of the Month is the Great Lakes Cruising Club, a website for Great Lakes boaters featuring harbor reports for 1,100 ports and anchorages throughout the Great Lakes, discussions of Great Lakes issues, places to post boat and cruising photos, and more.

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