COLUMBUS — Large number of fish found along Ashtabula County’s Lake Erie shore most likely succumbed to the area’s fluctuating temperatures, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Wildlife.
Reports are arriving of numerous fish kills along the coast, Jamey Emmert, Division of Wildlife spokeswoman, said Friday. In each case the fish is gizzard shad, a so-called bait fish that is dying in “very, very large numbers,” she said. Such kills among the species aren’t uncommon, Emmert said.
The record-shattering glut of toxic algae that fouled much of Lake Erie in 2011 wasn't a fluke, but a sign of what's likely ahead for the troubled lake, researchers say.
A combination of weather extremes and long-standing farming practices that unwittingly aid algae growth spawned the 2011 mega-bloom, a team of Midwest scientists who spent months examining the phenomenon reported Monday.
After several years of trying, the bald eagles of Cootes Paradise have hatched the first eaglets to grace Lake Ontario in decades.
As far as Royal Botanical Gardens officials can tell, two eaglets were born over the weekend, likely one on Saturday and one on Sunday.
RBG officials had a hunch that eggs had been laid after the birds were seen “squatting” on the nest, which sits roughly 12 metres high, for well over a month.
Lake Erie's walleye, yellow perch still slumping, but Ohio daily bag limits remain the same for 2013
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. -- The Lake Erie walleye and yellow perch populations continue to decline, but the Lake Erie Committee of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission decided at its annual meeting here on Thursday that there were enough of Ohio's favorite fish to maintain the same bag limits of a year ago.
Great Lakes researchers are using new DNA techniques to track down and control the spread of invasive species.
The techniques are sort of like what you see on all those CSI television dramas where scientists analyze DNA left at the crime scene and use it to prosecute the culprits.
Well, not quite. Fiction is faster, the scientists say.
“What it does though, is it makes you jealous of how they’re able to solve crimes in an hour, because it doesn’t happen that way,” said Christopher Jerde, a professor at the Notre Dame, which is creating a basin-wide surveillance program. “That would be nice.”
Crews from the EPA will begin taking soil samples from homes along canals in St. Clair Shores in April.
SAUGATUCK—With the waters of Lake Kalamazoo at their lowest levels in decades, the Saugatuck Yacht Club is about to raise its lakeside land 18 inches to prepare for the next 100-year flood.
The ground raising is needed to prepare for the construction of a new 4,800-square-foot clubhouse for the 79-year-old sailing and social club.
Clinton, NJ (March 18, 2013) – In commemoration of a watershed in North American history, Sisters Under Sail, a non-profit organization that runs leadership programs for teen girls aboard a tall ship, is seeking applications from teenage daughters of United States and Canadian military families. Each of these teens will sail – under full scholarship – for two weeks aboard the all-women crewed tall ship Unicorn. Teen girls between the ages of 13 – 18 from families within the eligible pay grade with a parent who is on active status or fallen in the line of duty are encouraged to apply. 6 girls from United States military families and 6 from Canadian Forces families will be selected as scholarship winners for this cross-border initiative. The application deadline is April 15, 2013.
Is the dreaded Asian carp swimming in Lake Erie again?
It’s a mystery as big as the lake.
The question terrifies several agencies in the U.S. and Canada, but one scientist says there is a strong likelihood it is back.
“We have evidence that suggests the most likely explanation (about) how its environmental DNA got there (in Lake Erie) is because of the presence of live Asian carp,” said David Lodge, director of Notre Dame University’s Environmental Change Initiative in Indiana.
Cleveland port expects first international ship Thursday as Great Lakes shipping season gets under way
CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., opened at 12:01 a.m. Monday. Moments later, the Paul R. Tregurtha, bound for Lake Superior, entered the locks, marking the "official" beginning of the international shipping season on the Great Lakes.
But the season began last week for the Port of Cleveland with the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway, said David Gutheil, the port's vice president of maritime and logistics.
A funny thing happened this morning as the snow squalls pounded down and the cold wind whipped through the city. The spring equinox began at 7:02am.
Even now, seven hours into this supposed "spring", there is no sign of it. The heavy squalls continue with a brisk 40km/hr wind from the northwest.
Eventually, the weather will break, the sun will appear in the sky, and boaters will feel comfortable enough to pull the shrink wrap off their vessels and ready them for the much-anticipated boating season.
Once those craft reach the water, between trips out on the lake many of them will stay until the fall, moored at one of the many marinas that service the large boating contingents from Ohio and Michigan.
That flotilla is being called on to assist our Canadian friends in a renewed search for three scientific buoys that were ripped from their moorings out in the open lake sometime in 2012. The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources first asked for help in December, but the buoys are still AWOL.