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TRAVERSE CITY — Long a symbol of romance and adventure, the seafaring life is attracting fewer young adults these days, creating a worsening personnel shortage for those hauling cargo across oceans and the Great Lakes.
Some shipping companies have told the U.S. Maritime Administration that the problem has forced them to dock or even sell vessels. Others said it has kept them from expanding fleets, or caused delayed voyages and lost contracts.
Two Lake Erie fishermen say they are taking the Ontario government to
court to challenge how fishing quotas are set, because the American
sports fishing industry is being favoured at the expense of Ontario's
commercial fishing industry.
Oil giant BP announced Thursday it will back off plans to put more
pollution into Lake Michigan, something the company has argued it
needed as part of a $3.8 billion expansion to bump up production at its
oil refinery in Indiana.
Fred Trost, who hosted the popular "Michigan Outdoors" hunting and fishing television show, has died. He was 61. Trost died Wednesday of a rare lung condition after spending several weeks in the hospital, his son, Zachary Trost of East Lansing, told The Associated Press on Thursday.