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Ice fishing season starts

This winter got off to a particularly cold start. It's had the usual affect on all things deciduous, migratory and those among us who just plain hate cold weather. But there's another flock that's kept a glad eye on the thermometer lately. These are people with thick coats, thick hides and portable shanties sitting forlornly in the driveway. They're ice fisherpeople, of course. And their time has come. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Progress in the fight against deadly fish virus

A common treatment in fish hatcheries may slow or even stop the spread of an invasive virus that's killing fish across the Great Lakes. Jonathan Brown has more.  Go to full article
Asian Carp can grow up to 110 pounds. Photo: US Fish and Wildlife Service
Asian Carp can grow up to 110 pounds. Photo: US Fish and Wildlife Service

Keeping a big fish from butting in

There are invasive fish swimming their way toward the Great Lakes. If they get in, they could swallow up a multi-billion dollar sport fishing industry. Mark Brush reports, officials are investing millions of dollars to keep Asian Carp out of the Great Lakes.  Go to full article

Tupper Lake climate conference aims to push global warming debate

Scientists and policy-makers from around the world are gathering this morning in Tupper Lake. The "American Response to Climate Change Conference," held at the Wild Center, aims to develop an action plan for global warming. Brian Mann spoke with conference director Kate Fish. She says participants hope to translate scientific knowledge into action.

NOTE: This week's gathering is closed to the public. The Wild Center will reopen on Friday.  Go to full article

Great Lakes call for help

The Great Lakes might be the most ignored resource on the continent. Great Lakes advocates say they have not been able to get enough attention or money from Congress. Rebecca Williams reports one group is outlining what needs to be done to fix the Lakes before climate change makes things worse.  Go to full article
Karen Roy co-author, <i>Acid Rain in the Adirondacks</i>
Karen Roy co-author, Acid Rain in the Adirondacks

National climate change debate builds on Adirondack fight against acid rain

This week, the US Senate will debate a landmark bill that aims to sharply cut the nation's greenhouse gas pollution. The climate change measure is modeled closely after a policy that was first used to curb acid rain in the Adirondacks. The so-called "cap and trade" system would set new limits on carbon pollution. But it would also leave industry to decide how to reach the goals. As Brian Mann reports, the measure puts the Adirondacks back at the center of the national environmental debate.  Go to full article

New virus threatens fish

Alarming fish kills in the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario are blamed on a new virus that's spreading quickly. Viral hemorrhagic septicemia has already been found in Lake Erie, the Niagara River and--this week state environmental officials confirmed--the virus killed fish in Conesus and Skaneateles in the Finger Lakes. It's also spread to Canada, Michigan and Wisconsin. As its name suggests, the virus causes uncontrolled internal bleeding. In some species, it's easy to tell if you've caught an infected fish. They start to turn dark, almost black, as they're dying, which is likely due to hemorrhaging beneath the skin that makes their color darker. Steve LaPan is the Lake Ontario Unit Leader with the Department of Environmental Conservation. He says the St. Lawrence and Great Lakes ecosystems are already starting to suffer because of the virus. Jonathan Brown reports.  Go to full article

Bait shop owner skeptical of fish virus rules

New regulations on bait have some anglers fuming. State officials are trying to stop the spread of viral hemorrhagic septicemia. The virus is linked to major fish kills in the St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. Bait can no longer be transported over land. So fishermen have to buy bait where they plan to fish. And the bait has to be certified, which makes it more expensive. The people who sell bait aren't very happy either. Bill Kellogg is co-owner of Bill and Jack's Marina in Fishers Landing. The Thousand Islands town sits on a spit of land jutting into the St. Lawrence River. Kellogg says it costs his supplier $2,000 to test for the fish virus, a cost he has to pass on to customers. But, as he tells Jonathan Brown, that's just the beginning.  Go to full article

Estrogen-mimickers contaminate fish

New warnings about eating fish: That fresh catch, or even the fillet from the grocery store, could contain high amounts of chemicals that mimic estrogen. And according to researchers, eating contaminated fish could lead to breast cancer and other health problems. A new study finds these chemicals are entering waterways through sewage. Jonathan Brown has more.  Go to full article

Good fish, bad fish

Fish advisories are confusing. Their guidelines change depending on your gender and age, and on the type of fish you're eating. Reporter Kyle Norris boils down some of the information in advisories and comes up with a few things to think about when you eat fish.  Go to full article

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