James Proffitt

Ohio continues efforts to bulk up Lake Erie sturgeon population

Toledo, Ohio — If all goes as planned, thousands of lake sturgeon will be cruising Lake Erie in the coming decades, according to a team of biologists with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, DNR, and the Toledo Zoo. The collaborators are currently working to restore a spawning population to the Maumee River, where the fish once thrived. “They’re pretty…

Jellyfish in Ohio? Phenomenon has come to Lake Erie

Sandusky, Ohio — Scientists have confirmed that freshwater jellyfish (Craspedacusta sowerbyi) have definitely invaded North America and Lake Erie. Almost a century ago. But the tiny aquatic invertebrates haven’t gotten much attention in recent decades, until the last month or so. Terry L. Peard, a retired Indiana University of Pennsylvania professor who is fascinated by the tiny creatures, said they’ve…