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Great Lakes science vessels work on a freshwater sea of more than 94,000 square miles helping scientists, educators and resource managers understand, restore and protect a global treasure.


GLASS is dedicated to improving communication & collaboration between science vessels & helping to best match the capabilities of all vessels with the needs of research & educational programs throughout the Great Lakes. This database includes U.S. & Canadian vessels in a wide range of sizes & capabilities. Information about active public & private research or educational vessels is posted. Information about old science vessels that are retired or no longer in service as science ships is also provided for reference and is marked: (historical). Use the ship locator map to find science vessels, check their status, locations, schedules & points of contact. Registered users can post news, job ope

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Featured Science Vessels


Here are some featured science vessels cruising the Great Lakes

Ontario Explorer

Ontario Explorer


Chicoine, Jon

Kaho

Kaho


Lewchanin, Terry

Kelso (CCGS)

Kelso (CCGS)


Channel Cat

Channel Cat


Beasley, Roy

W. G. Jackson

W. G. Jackson


Bontrager, John

Spencer F. Baird

Spencer F. Baird


Lake Char

Lake Char


Rathbun, Kevin

Lake Explorer II

Lake Explorer II


MIller, Sam

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Agenda Available for the 2014 Science Vessel Coordination Workshop


Posted under Latest News on Thu Dec 12 2013

Greetings All - We are holding the 2014 Science Vessel Coordination Workshop at the Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City Michigan on January 16, 2014.  Please save the date and plan to attend.  A notice was sent out on the sci-vessel e-mail li ... [ read more ]


New Fleet Status Report


Posted under Latest News on Tue Oct 8 2013

Maritime Today - October 7, 2013 - Sailing for Science - Article by Edward Lundquist - Assessment of the nation's fleet of research vessels.  See: http://www.marinelink.co/news/sailing-science-for359541.aspx  ... [ read more ]


U.S.G.S. to Replace R/V Grayling as Part of Great Lakes Fleet Revamp


Posted under Latest News on Fri Jul 26 2013

The U.S. Geological Survey, as part of its efforts to fulfill fishery science needs and requirements of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission's Council of Lake Committees, issued the final contract to acquire a newly-built vessel to replace the agin ... [ read more ]




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