Category Archive: Sustainable Fisheries

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/

Mar 17

Why Didn’t the Fish Cross the Road?

It’s no joke—in many places, fish can’t get to the other side of a road. Listen up for the why and so what: Turns out, fish can’t just go with the flow after all. According to research out of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, more than 1,000 dams and 100,000 road crossings inhibit fish movement in …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/development/fish-barriers-great-lakes/

Mar 16

Helping Fish Survive an Urban Gauntlet

How are man-made islands helping young fish traveling through the Milwaukee Estuary? Listen up: Sometimes fish need a break, too. This is a story of how human development has actually helped fish find places to rest and eat as they move through the aquatic urban jungle. One sixth its former size, the Milwaukee Estuary is …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/development/helping-fish-survive-an-urban-gauntlet/

Dec 02

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: Teeth on teeth on teeth: lampreys are armed and ready vampires (via T. Lawrence, GLFC) 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 …

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

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