Category Archive: Restoration & Conservation

Dec 19

Ciscoes: A Great Snack for Great Lakes Fish

A middle-of-the-food-web fish: Ciscoes were once abundant in the Great Lakes. But these native fish were depleted by overfishing, invasive species, and pollution. Ellen George, a grad student in the Cornell Department of Natural Resources, wants to see them come back. She says some of the invasive fish that replaced ciscoes in the food chain …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/sustainable-fisheries/ciscoes-a-great-snack-for-great-lakes-fish/

Dec 18

Floating Urban Islands

Floating gardens in the Chicago River provide new habitat for wildlife: For many years, Chicago’s rivers have been used for transportation and commerce… Damato: “…But now they should be used for habitat and interaction.” That’s Zachary Damato of the nonprofit Urban Rivers. His group is installing man-made floating wetlands in the Chicago River. They’re essentially …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/green-infrastructure/floating-urban-islands/

Dec 14

A Salamander Hell-Bent on Clean Water

Hellbender salamander populations are declining because of poor water quality. Bend your ears to this: At more than one-foot long, the Hellbender salamander is the largest in North America. Flat, brown, and wrinkled, it has lived at the bottom of streams and ponds for millions of years. But that legacy is threatened, as hellbender populations shrink  Conservationist …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/marine-debris/a-salamander-hell-bent-on-clean-water/

Dec 06

Fish Talk

Scientists listen in on a world of underwater sound. Listen up: When Aaron Rice eavesdrops on a conversation, he hears plenty of pops, purrs, clicks and grunts. As Research Associate at the Bioacoustics Research Program at Cornell University, he listens to fish. The sounds usually have something to do with aggression or reproduction – and …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/sustainable-fisheries/fish-talk/

Dec 04

A Fish Called Cisco

Lake herring are making a comeback in the Great Lakes. Listen up: Until the sixties, schools of slender silvery cisco swam the Great Lakes, feeding on zooplankton, and dodging predators. Fishermen called them ‘lake herring.’ “They were one of the most abundant species across the great lakes. And at one time they comprised the largest …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/sustainable-fisheries/a-fish-called-cisco/

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