Burger Lands a 60-foot Research Vessel
April 22, 2010—Burger Boat Company and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources signed a contract for the construction of a 60-foot research vessel to support expanded study and survey work of the Lake Michigan fisheries.
“This day is the result of tremendous partnerships and efforts, and the dedication of many,” WDNR Secretary Matt Frank said. “This new boat, made by this nearly 150-year-old Wisconsin manufacturer, Burger Boat Company, will be a state-of-the-art vessel with features to support expanded work by our fisheries experts of Lake Michigan.”
“This is a big day for Wisconsin’s $13 billion tourism industry which includes the very popular sport fishery of Lake Michigan, our licensed commercial fishing operations and their employees and the science of healthy resources and water,” Frank said.
Named after the fish genus that includes: Lake Whitefish and Lake Herring, the new RV Coregonus will be capable of gill netting and allowing fisheries staff to continue the work done on the previous research ship—the RV Barney Devine.
However, the RV Coregonus will also have expanded features including onboard laboratory equipment, water tight compartments and a semi-planning hull along with capabilities for scuba operations.
RV Coregonus was designed by SeaCraft Design in Sturgeon Bay and will be built by Burger Boat Company.
“Although the RV Barney Devine was well-maintained, it is now nearly 75 years old and has become technologically obsolete with an increasing maintenance expense,” Frank said of the previous research vessel also built by Burger.
DNR fisheries staff worked closely with SeaCraft to develop the design that would maintain the ability to use gill nets during all seasons but in the most extreme sea conditions, while expanding its capabilities for research. Its capabilities include trawling and deploying hydroacoustic equipment.
RV Coregonus is expected to be ready for use in 2011.
Sport fishing in Wisconsin waters of Lake Michigan and Lake Superior generated $419 million in economic activity and supported 5,000 jobs in Wisconsin alone, based on a comprehensive survey conducted in 2006 by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the Department of the Census and an economic analysis done by the American Sportfishing Association.
Wisconsin also sustains a commercial fishery with about 60 licensed commercial operations on Lake Michigan and a smaller number on Lake Superior.
Burger Boat Company designs and builds yachts and commercial vessels, in aluminum and/or steel, ranging in sizes to 200' (60m). Since 1863 Burger has been recognized internationally for design, quality construction, seaworthiness, reliability and is the most respected custom builder in America.
For further information:
Vice President Sales and Marketing
BURGER BOAT COMPANY
1811 Spring Street
Manitowoc, WI 54220
Tel: +1 (920) 686-5117
Fax: +1 (920) 686-5144
NEWS RELEASE — April 22, 2010