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March 5, 2021
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Northern Michigan tall ship hauling plenty of algae
(wgvu) - A tall ship used to gather fish for
an education program about the Great Lakes is finding that its
heaviest haul this spring is a slimy green algae.
Since May first, the 114-foot schooner replica Manitou has
hauled up an average of 75 pounds every weekday of spirogyra from
the lower West Grand Traverse Bay. The ship trawls for fish for use
in the Inland Seas Education Association classes.
So far, the largest load of the algae has been more than 200
Water quality officials say they've never before hauled in this
much algae.
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality wants Grand
Valley State University to study algae growth in Grand Traverse,
Little Traverse and Saginaw bays.
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