February 1, 2011
MANITOWOC - The next video episode is available online showing construction of the state's new fisheries research vessel.
The Burger Boat Company is building the 60-foot R/V Coregonus, so named after the fish genus that includes lake whitefish, lake herring and bloater chubs, species that are mainstays of the Lake Michigan fishery. The boat will replace the R/V Barney Devine, which has served the Department of Natural Resources and its predecessor agency on Lake Michigan for more than 70 years. The vessels play an important role in helping maintain Wisconsin's Great Lakes sport and commercial fisheries. Sportfishing generates a $418.8 million dollar economic impact, supports more than 5,000 jobs, and generates $28 million in state and local tax revenues.
Although the R/V Barney Devine has been well maintained, the vessel has become technologically obsolete and the maintenance expense is expected to increase dramatically. The new vessel is expected to be done this month and then Burger and the DNR will conduct "sea trials" to make sure the Coregonus and its equipment are working well.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Brandon Bastar (920) 746-2881; Paul Peeters (920) 746-2865