Great Lakes on the line: It’s time to act on Asian carp

Doing it again this summer, photo by Kevin Povenz If Asian carp ever get into the Great Lakes, fun in boats as shown above could well be a thing of the past. These invasive fish jump out of the water when disturbed by noise and vibrations. With an average weight of 30-40 pounds and some … Continue reading Great Lakes on the line: It’s time to act on Asian carp

$1 Million Asian Carp Challenge

Fish On, photo by Terry Murphy ABC News reports that the State of Michigan is turning to the public for new ideas and plans to offer a prize to whoever comes up with a way to stop the voracious Asian carp: Michigan’s global search challenge comes after the U.S. government and others have spent hundreds … Continue reading $1 Million Asian Carp Challenge

Doing nothing about Asian carp probably isn’t going to work

Salmon Fishing on the Sable River Outlet, Ludington Michigan, photo by Craig Sterken Traverse City based AP Environmental Writer John Flesher is (for my money) one of the best reporting on Great Lakes issues. His latest piece Effort to keep Asian carp from Great Lakes appears stymied begins: When scientists discovered six years ago that … Continue reading Doing nothing about Asian carp probably isn’t going to work

Our Great Lakes would be a lot less pretty with Asian carp

Lake Michigan near Brevort, Michigan, photo by daveumich I tried to find something amazing about Lake Michigan – a poem, a legend, anything – but I really couldn’t find something to match up with this stunning photo. I’ll fall back on the real & urgent need to protect the beauty of Lake Michigan and the … Continue reading Our Great Lakes would be a lot less pretty with Asian carp

Way Back When… (we had a chance to stop Asian Carp)

Way Back When…, photo by oliviaburger08. Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians tribal chairman Derek Bailey had this Op-Ed in the Traverse City Record-Eagle this week. I know it’s kind of long but I wanted to share it with you Forum: Work together against Asian carp By Derek Bailey Three decades ago many … Continue reading Way Back When… (we had a chance to stop Asian Carp)

Judas Carp

Club Carp, photo by docksidepress Judas test: Will carp betray their own? on the Great Lakes Echo says that University of Minnesota researchers are working to put a new tool in the arsenal of those seeking to thwart the voracious and invasive Asian carp. The researchers are fitting common carp, or “Judas fish,” with transmitters … Continue reading Judas Carp

The future of Great Lakes is slipping through our hands…

Silver Carp in hand, photo by Dan O’Keefe, Michigan Sea Grant The Herald-Palladium reports that an Asian carp has been found just 9 miles from Lake Michigan: …the news is a reminder that the Trump administration needs to take the problem seriously, U.S. Rep. Fred Upton said Friday. The St. Joseph Republican on Friday called on … Continue reading The future of Great Lakes is slipping through our hands…

Eastern Black Walnut and Thousand Cankers Disease

Walnut Tree, Looking Up (Michigan), photo by Philosopher Queen. Just a little Editor’s note rant to say that I grew up with a simply gorgeous black walnut tree in my yard, and it really upsets me when I have to write about yet another species that I love under threat of destruction by our out-of-control … Continue reading Eastern Black Walnut and Thousand Cankers Disease

Sunset for Fishing on the Great Lakes?

Fishing, photo by kevindooley. On this photo Kevin writes: I think one of our best indicators of the planet’s health is the price of a fish sandwich. Notice how much the price has gone up in last 5 years? It’s because we’re depleting our fisheries. Seems to me an Earth without fish is not a … Continue reading Sunset for Fishing on the Great Lakes?

End Of the Day … for fishing on the Great Lakes?

End Of the Day, photo by Rob the Photog. This week is Invasive Species Week on Absolute Michigan and Michigan in Pictures and today on Absolute Michigan we took a long look at the 800 pound gorilla of invasive species in Michigan, the Asian carp. These frightening fish have made their way up the Mississippi … Continue reading End Of the Day … for fishing on the Great Lakes?