Saturday, June 25, 2011

Fishing in the Great Lakes, how’s that working out for you?


You’d think that the health of the fish in our Great Lakes would be a primary concern to the public—even in these lean budgetary times.  Fish in the Great Lakes are changing and dwindling in population. 

Climate Change is going to change the fish populations because of warming waters (some fish like the Brown Trout are finicky about water temperatures) and many of the lakes invasive species are going to multiply. 

Maybe over the span of time, in our lifetimes, or since the Europeans came to these shores, we’ve not noticed the incredible changes in a short span of time how the fish in the Great Lakes are changing—not in a good way.  Besides making a living by commercial fishing and sport fishing, fish are an excellent indicator of the overall health of the Great Lakes. 

And, things are not going so well.  Read:

The Environment Report: The Shrinking Commercial Fishing Industry "Today we begin a series called: "Swimming Upstream." It's about one of Michigan's most valuable natural resources: fish. These slimy, scaly water dwellers contribute to the ecology of the Great Lakes, our economy, and, of course, our dinner plate. Other than tribal fisherman, only about 50 people hold commercial fishing licenses in the state. Bill Petersen estimates that the number used to be a thousand. " (June 23, 2011) The Environment Report: Home

No comments: