USGS Research Vessel Arcticus
The new, large research vessel (R/V) Arcticus will enable USGS Great Lakes Science Center scientists to explore fish health and water quality in Lakes Michigan and Huron. This research is used by federal, state and provincial resource managers to protect and restore the lakes’ ecosystems and the $7 billion Great Lakes fishery.
The 77 foot R/V Arcticus is replacing the oldest vessel in the USGS fleet, the R/V Grayling, which was the primary USGS research platform on Lakes Michigan and Huron since 1977. The new R/V Arcticus will offer greater research capabilities, increased fuel efficiency, improved health and safety features and lower maintenance costs than its predecessor.