By Terry Kovarik
A Kewaunee-based U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service research vessel is in dry dock. That’s delaying but not canceling research on fish stocks in Lake Michigan and the bay of Green Bay. The research ship Stanford M. Smith is undergoing engine adjustments and had some earlier issues with the rudder and fuel system. Fisheries biologist Ted Treska says even with the delays researchers will get work done even as fall sailing becomes a bit more challenging.
The 57-foot Stanford M. Smith made it’s Lake Michigan debut this summer and allows researchers to travel longer and do more while still out on the waters.