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Tracing for human remains on shipwrecks with environmental DNA

The study used environmental DNA, a revolutionary way to assist in studying life on earth. It allows scientists to uncover hidden aspects of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems by analyzing genetic material in the environment.

Behind the shipwreck discovered in Lake Michigan
- by Lisa John Rogers, Great Lakes Now

A 150-year-old schooner that sank in 1881 was finally discovered in Lake Michigan.

Lake Erie along Pennsylvania’s shoreline on its way to becoming national marine sanctuary
- by The Associated Press

President Joe Biden’s administration took the first step Thursday toward designating the Pennsylvania-owned section of Lake Erie as the state’s first national marine sanctuary.

Folk singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot dies at 84
- by The Associated Press

The legendary folk singer-songwriter, whose hits include “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” died on May 1.

Michigan researchers find 1914 shipwrecks in Lake Superior
- by The Associated Press

The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society announced the discoveries this month after confirming details with other researchers.

Artificial reefs bring wild lake trout to Lake Huron
- by Great Lakes Echo

The constructed reefs are likely to be adequate for fish to breed and reproduce indefinitely.

Long-lost ship found in Lake Huron, confirming tragic story
- by The Associated Press

Now, the mystery has been solved, say officials with Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Alpena, Michigan.

Detroit church to remember sailors lost on the Great Lakes
- by The Associated Press

Sailors who lost their lives in shipwrecks on the Great Lakes and Michigan waterways will be remembered at a historic church in downtown Detroit.

Mapping the Great Lakes: Underwater discoveries await
- by Alex Hill

Hundreds of shipwrecks have been mapped out but researchers believe more are out there.

New stamps celebrate NOAA marine sanctuaries’ landscapes and marine life

A Great Lakes national marine sanctuary is included in a new collection of U.S. postage stamps.

Researchers race to understand what lies beneath the Great Lakes
- by Bridge Michigan

Scientists say we have more robust data about the surface of Mars than the floor of the Great Lakes. A new effort spearheaded by academics and government aims to map the entire Great Lakes lakebed.

The Catch: Shoreline shipwrecks
- by GLN Editor

There are thousands of shipwrecks in the Great Lakes, but you don’t need scuba gear to see all of them.

JEWEL OF THE GREAT LAKES: Group battles invasive species
- by The Alpena News

Aquatic invasive species continue to spread and threaten the ecosystem in the waterways near Alpena, local environmental professionals say.

Edmund Fitzgerald 2021: Attend a shipwreck memorial service in person or virtually
- by Natasha Blakely

All around the region this week, events are focused on honoring the lives lost on the SS Edmund Fitzgerald and other Great Lakes ships. Many of these shipwreck services and ceremonies will be streamed live online.

Rogers City museum inducts Lake Huron shipwreck victims, honors lives
- by The Alpena News

The ship broke up in a storm on Lake Huron in late November of 1966 before it could reach the protection of Thunder Bay, killing 28 of the 29 men aboard. Until recently, photos and biographies of only six of the ship’s crew hung on the museum’s walls.

Service held for last survivor of ’58 Great Lakes shipwreck
- by The Associated Press

A memorial Mass has been held in northern Michigan for the last remaining survivor of a Lake Michigan shipwreck that killed 33 people in 1958.

Comments Requested: Lake Ontario marine sanctuary proposal moves forward
- by Noah Bock

NOAA announced a public comment period on the draft environmental impact statement for the proposed Lake Ontario marine sanctuary, including feedback on what areas the sanctuary should include.

NOAA to designate Wisconsin coastline as national sanctuary
- by The Associated Press

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has published the final rule designating the sanctuary.

BEN is back! Autonomous vessel launches into Lake Huron from Rogers City, Michigan
- by The Alpena News

From coast to coast in the U.S., to American Samoa, and back to Lake Huron, the autonomous surface vessel is in Rogers City this month for lake floor mapping.

Marine archaeology research crew up from University of Texas
- by The Alpena News

A trio of researchers who have been studying the Alpena-Amberley Ridge in Lake Huron are joined this month by a group of undergraduate students from the University of Texas at Arlington.