- Associated Press - Monday, June 6, 2016

ALPENA, Mich. (AP) - A new vessel to support Lake Huron fisheries research is on the water this year.

The R/V Tanner is the latest addition to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ fleet. The Alpena News reports the Alpena-based vessel made its debut after a 14-year effort. The Times Herald of Port Huron reports the vessel will do research mainly in northern Lake Huron.

The Tanner, which is named for Howard Tanner, a former DNR and Fisheries Division chief, was launched last month. The boat can deploy remotely operated underwater vehicles with cameras to document the bottom of the lakes as well as side scan sonar to map lake bottoms.

The Tanner replaces the R/V Chinook, which has been operating on the Great Lakes since 1947.

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