Emerald Isle Ferry aiding study of Great Lakes

Beaver Island Ferry

Beaver Island Ferry, photo by Deb Perry

Note that this picture shows the “Beaver Islander” – an older and smaller ferry than the “Emerald Isle. Whoops.

The Beaver Island Coat Company’s 130′ Emerald Isle can carry nearly 300 passengers on the 32 mile, 2-hour trip to Beaver Island in Lake Michigan. In the Great Lakes Echo, Josh Bender shares that in addition to passengers, the Emerald Isle will also be gathering data for researchers:

The Beaver Island Boat Co.’s Emerald Isle ferry is fitted with equipment to detect changes in the temperature and chemistry of Lake Michigan, courtesy of researchers from Central Michigan University’s Institute for Great Lakes Research.

The equipment detects this data in real time aboard the ferry and distributes it via a website operated from the CMU Biological Station on the island, something never done before in northern Lake Michigan, said Dave Schuberg, an outreach coordinator and operations assistant at the station.

…The data collected on temperature may help recreational and commercial anglers predict fish behavior, Schuberg said. “Temperature really governs a lot of what happens out on the lake with things like fish spawning for salmon, whitefish (and) lake trout.”

Read on for more at the Echo, which by the way is a project of the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism at Michigan State University. It features original content is produced by students, faculty, professional journalists, and the Capital News Service.

Deb caught the Emerald Isle as she passed the Charlevoix South Pier Lighthouse in the channel on the way to her berth in Charlevoix. View her photo bigger, see more in her Lighthouses slideshow, and follow her on Facebook.

More science on Michigan in Pictures.

2 thoughts on “Emerald Isle Ferry aiding study of Great Lakes

  1. The photo shows the Beaver Island ferry named “Beaver Islander”. It is an older and smaller ferry than the “Emerald Isle.” Both are operated by the same company and carry passengers, vehicles, and freight.

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