Dead Fish Lake Erie
May 15, 2011 by staff
Dead Fish Lake Erie, Wildlife researchers want to know what is killing thousands of Alaska in Lake Erie that have been drawn to the beaches along its western coast.
Is a major concern for fishermen who come from all over the Midwest and beyond the capture of the lake’s most popular sport fishing?
The best guess is that mortality can be attributed to natural causes resulting from the stress of spawning and cold and stormy spring, said Roger Knight, Lake Erie fisheries program manager for the Department of Natural Resources Ohio.
“All kinds of attacks that image,” he said.
The worst is probably over, said Caballero, who flew over the lake earlier this week and not see a large number of dead fish. “It probably started some time ago,” he said.
It is difficult to know how many of Alaska has died, but Knight was estimated in the thousands based on phone calls coming into his office. Most have been around the islands of Lake Erie between Toledo and Port Clinton.
What’s killing is not a danger for people who hunt and eat of Alaska out of the lake, said Caballero.
The Alaska may be one of the most important resources for towns along the western shore of Lake Erie.
Fishing contributes about 500 million and spending on equipment, food, fuel and hotels, according to the American Sportfishing Association. This weekend, about 250 professionals and amateurs involved in a tournament in Port Clinton.
Cities celebrate the tasty fish in a variety of ways. In Port Clinton, coming down from Alaska fiberglass a crane every New Year’s Eve, and under Toledo hockey team league called walleye.
That’s why any sign of trouble for walleye is serious along Lake Erie.
“When you see six or eight fish in a given area, which is not good,” said Pete hard, a professional fisherman from Minnesota, The News-Herald in Port Clinton.
Charter Captain Dave O’Neal told the newspaper that his clients are concerned.
Knight of the concerns of the death will have no lasting effect on the population of Alaska from the lake.
There are about 20 million Alaska on Lake Erie, and up to 30 percent may die in the year, he said.
Most of those killed in Alaska have a lot of mushrooms, another sign that is typical after spawning, Knight said. Walleye much energy during spawning, and that leaves them vulnerable to disease and death, he said.
Researchers are also testing fish for viruses to determine whether this could be the cause, he said.
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