King salmon has helped create a multibillion-dollar sport fishery in the Great Lakes, but ripple effects of invasive species have left the fish’s future uncertain.
(Michigan DNR)PORT HURON, Mich. — A dozen projects restoring habitat for fish and wildlife in and around Michigan’s St. Clair River have been completed. Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality says fish, birds, turtles and pollinators like bees and monarch butterflies will benefit from the restoration work. The projects span from the upper river at Port Huron to the Lake St. Clair delta…
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Officials say the invasive sea lamprey is gaining ground in Lake Superior and Lake Erie, while its numbers remain at near-historic lows in the other Great Lakes. Sea lampreys are eel-like parasites that attack fish such as trout, salmon and whitefish. They invaded the lakes in the last century and decimated native fish until a poison…
Scientists say less phosphorous runoff, climate change and an increase in invasive zebra and quagga mussels have contributed to the change.
Seney National Wildlife Refuge in Michigan is holding its Youth in the Outdoors day on Oct. 7 as part of National Wildlife Refuge Week. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Penny Gordon)Events surrounding National Wildlife Refuge Week will have a distinct Great Lakes region flavor. National Wildlife Refuge Week, this year observed October 8-14, celebrates the National Wildlife Refuge System, the nation’s…
The next step for researchers is figuring out how to stop grass carp from gaining a foothold.
LANSING, Mich. — Michigan would cut state fees assessed on homeowners who have wave-reducing break walls near the Great Lakes shoreline under legislation a divided Senate approved Wednesday. The vote came 15 months after Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed another bill that would have lowered the payments. The sponsor, Republican Sen. Tom Casperson of Escanaba, said he has since reached an…
Bridge construction restores St. Marys River rapids flow, provides boost for fish, anglers, wildlife
(Photo by Tom Pink)SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — Officials are celebrating the conclusion of the Little Rapids Restoration Project, which is boosting water flow on the St. Marys River near Sault Ste. Marie. The project included building a new bridge to replace two deteriorating causeway culverts between Sugar Island and the island ferry dock. It re-established the flow of water…
Research scientist says each of the lakes is cooler than it was in late August last year.
Investigation suggests carp somehow evaded three electric barriers 37 miles from the lake. But officials say they’re not sure how it happened.
Proposes a $275 million array of technological and structural upgrades at a crucial site in Illinois to prevent invasive Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes and its vulnerable fish populations.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The Great Lakes Commission says it has received $375,000 in federal funds for wildlife habitat restoration projects in areas of Michigan and Ohio long degraded by toxic pollution. Some of the money will be used for wetland design and restoration at the Penn 7 site in the Maumee River near Toledo, Ohio. The rest will support…
I have been reading report after report of big kings being caught by anglers from Chicago all the way up to Milwaukee. Big kings, and in good numbers.
The corps says the report involving Illinois’ Brandon Road Lock and Dam will be made public Aug. 7.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — A “significant” harmful algae bloom is expected to form in western Lake Erie this summer, though it probably won’t be as large as some previous formations that posed health risks and hampered tourism, scientists said recently. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and research partners released their annual algae forecast for the shallowest and warmest of…
To ensure accurate data is being collected on fish being lost from angling, mortality estimates must include both fish harvested and fish that are released and then die as a result of fishing.
DETROIT — Congressional budget writers are proposing to overrule President Donald Trump’s call for eliminating a program that funds Great Lakes cleanup efforts. A House appropriations subcommittee is scheduled to consider a bill Wednesday that includes $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The program started under President Barack Obama. It pays for removing toxic pollution from harbors…
The calls are growing after a live Asian carp was discovered last week in a Chicago waterway about 9 miles from Lake Michigan.
It’s estimated that, in the 2011 fish take from over 246,000 lakes worldwide, 18.5 billion pounds of fish harvested.
Initiative has financed many worthy projects, and a few not-so-worthy ones, too. But the founding hasn’t been free.
According to reports, Erie’s last reading put the body of water at 574 feet, just 7.3 inches shy of an all-time high in 1986; other Great Lakes also have seen water levels higher than average.
Some Asian species pose a threat to the Great Lakes.
Funding will be used for the most critical needs at six harbors.
We are all aware of the many advisories out there over some species and, with due cause, should be cautious.
Nine universities across the Great Lakes region are taking part, along with non-governmental organizations and businesses.
The marking provides data for biologists studying fish movements and the value of naturally reproduced fish versus stocked fish.