Category Archive: Sustainable Fisheries

Aug 02

Possible Harm from Great Lake Fish Farms

Proposals for midwest fish farms have raised concerns . . . Learn more: Off-shore aquaculture – or fish farming – is not allowed in U.S water in the Great Lakes. So when two companies requested permission to begin raising fish in pens in Lake Michigan, there were concerns. “There’s significant risk and unknown environmental impacts that could …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/sustainable-fisheries/a-great-lake-fish-farm-is-a-great-lake-fish-harm/

Jul 26

Chomp On Some Gar Knowledge

Get hooked on this charismatic fish . . . Learn more:   Fisherman Olaf Nelson of Brookfield, Illinois is hooked on alligator gar. He calls them a charismatic fish. “They’re heavily armored. They have more teeth than just about any other kind of fish you’re going to encounter…,” says Nelson. For a long time, people wrongly …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/sustainable-fisheries/chomp-on-some-gar-knowledge/

Jun 06

Shady Characters, Great Lakes Edition: Sea Lampreys

Blood-sucking vampire fish aren’t native to the Great Lakes, and yet…they’re heeeere! Listen up: Sea lampreys, like many a scary-movie villain, attach themselves to other creatures and suck their blood and other body fluids. But instead of showing up on the silver screen, this invasive species is all over the Great Lakes. Discovered in the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/sustainable-fisheries/shady-characters-great-lakes-edition-sea-lampreys/

May 25

Mapping Endangered Fish in Illinois

Counting endangered fish is the first step towards protecting and improving their habitats. Dive in: One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish…research biologist Phillip Willink, PhD, of the Shedd Aquarium is counting endangered and threatened fish. From there to here, from here to there, he’s also mapping their distribution throughout Chicagoland waters. He’s doing …

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

May 19

Hold the Salt, Please

Salting the roads to keep us safe during winter has long-lasting impacts on the environment. Listen up: As winter approaches, we’ll soon see salt-spreading plow trucks on the roads. And Todd Walter, director of the New York State Water Resources Institute, says salt that is washed off the roads stays in the soil for months. “It …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/stormwater-management/stream-salinity-and-road-salt/

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