Lake Huron – Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary Expansion

September 22nd, 2014

The boundaries of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Lake Huron are being expanded from 448 square miles to 4,300 square miles. The new boundaries now include the waters of Lake Huron adjacent to Michigan’s Alcona, Alpena and Presque Isle counties to the Canadian border. The expansion will protect an additional 100 known and suspected [...]

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USGS Large Rivers Acidity Study

August 8th, 2014

Several large rivers in the U.S. are less acidic now, due to decreasing acidic inputs, such as industrial waste, acid mine drainage, and atmospheric deposition, according to new research from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The study showed that alkalinity, a measurement of a river’s capacity to neutralize acid inputs, has increased over the past [...]

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NOAA River Herring Survey

August 8th, 2014

Throughout August, NOAA Fisheries is conducting a voluntary, coastwide survey of individuals who have caught alewives and/or blueback herring either commercially, recreationally, or for personal use at some point in their lifetime. According to NOAA Fisheries project lead Dan Kircheis, the goal is to gather first-hand observations to inform our understanding of alewife and blueback [...]

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USGS Neonicotinoids Study

August 4th, 2014

Insecticides similar to nicotine, known as neonicotinoids, were found commonly in streams throughout the Midwest, according to a new USGS study. This is the first broad-scale investigation of neonicotinoid insecticides in the Midwestern United States and one of the first conducted within the United States. Effective in killing a broad range of insect pests, use [...]

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South Carolina State Record White Catfish

July 12th, 2014

In June, Charles Earp of West Columbia, SC set a new South Carolina state record for white catfish. The 12-pound 2.9 oz catfish was caught on June 23, 2014 on Lake Murray, using a bait dip and treble hook. The white catfish was certified officially as the new state record on a certified scale at [...]

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