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Federal wildlife officials search area rivers for sea lamprey larvae

PORT CLINTON — Since Wednesday, two boat crews have been scouring three local waterways in search of a parasitic creature that kills fish throughout the Great Lakes.

Recently, researchers have been finding larger populations of sea lampreys, an invasive species, in Lake Erie. The biological science technicians working on Portage River and Muddy and Toussaint creeks were dispatched by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as part of a program to determine where species is spawning.

Cormorant Numbers Decreasing in Michigan, Great Lakes

The number of cormorant nests in Michigan has been decreasing since population reduction actions were implemented in 2004, the Department of Natural Resources announced today.

Cormorants, which were increasing in numbers throughout the 1980s and 1990s, have been blamed for declining sport fisheries in a number of areas. The breeding population in Michigan stabilized in the late 1990s and early 2000s at around 30,000 nests. Since 2004, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services Division has been oiling eggs at nesting sites and removing adults from the population to meet goals set by the DNR.

Additional management activities have also been performed by Tribal natural resource agencies to address concerns related to cormorant impacts to commercial and sport fisheries, as well as alleviating potential conflicts with other species of nesting birds and reduce damage to native plants.

Comprehensive statewide counts from 2007 and 2009 document a 38 percent decrease in breeding cormorants in Michigan, a drop from 29,509 nests in 2007 to 18,200 nests in 2009. The scheduled 2011 breeding cormorant count is underway, and a final count will be available in the fall.

Whitefish catches on: Fresh from the Great Lakes, it’s local and good for you

Michigan Sea Grant College Program, a cooperative effort of the University of Michigan and Michigan State University, is a promoter and educator of all things Great Lakes, including the native whitefish. The Sea Grant Program recently released a whitefish cookbook, “Wild Caught and Close to Home: Selecting and Preparing Great Lakes Whitefish.” It’s a compilation of 55 recipes from restaurant chefs, fishermen and culinary educators from Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota.
The book is great for those just learning to cook fish as well as experienced cooks. Sometimes people get in a rut with favorite fish recipes. This book can help get people out of the rut by introducing a variety of fish cooking methods, including frying, sauteing, stir-frying, steaming, poaching, broiling, grilling, roasting, baking, smoking and pickling.

Attorney Generals sign on to split Great Lakes from Mississippi

Six attorneys general in the Great Lakes region called for a multi-state coalition Wednesday that would push the federal government to protect the lakes from invasive species such as Asian carp by cutting off their artificial link to the Mississippi River basin.

In a letter obtained by The Associated Press, the officials invited colleagues in 27 other states to join a lobbying campaign to separate the two watersheds, contending they have as much to lose as the Great Lakes do from migration of aquatic plants and animals that can do billions in economic damage and starve out native species.

“We have Asian carp coming into Lake Michigan and zebra mussels moving out of the Great Lakes and into the heart of our country, both of which are like poison to the ecology of our waters,” Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said. “This is not just a Great Lakes issue. By working together, we hope to put pressure on the federal government to act before it’s too late.”

Also signing the appeal were attorneys general from Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. It was being sent to their counterparts across the Mississippi basin as well as Western states such as Nevada, where Lake Mead and other waterways have been infested by zebra mussels believed to have been transported from the Great Lakes by unwitting recreational boaters.

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