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Lake Ontario fisherman John Rorabeck on Point Traverse
Lake Ontario fisherman John Rorabeck on Point Traverse

Saving the American Eel

For centuries, the American eel dominated the waters of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. Only 50 years ago, the snake-like fish accounted for half of the biomass of Lake Ontario. Today it has all but disappeared. Researchers and fishermen see the decline as a shrill warning about changes in climate and the environment. And they say now is the time to do something about it. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

State To Poison Ponds, Restore Trout Fishery

The Department of Environmental Conservation plans to poison two ponds in Franklin County. The project approved Friday by the Adirondack Park Agency is part of a plan to re-introduce native species of rainbow and brook trout. As Brian Mann reports, some pro-environment groups say the project will do more harm than good.  Go to full article

FDA to Revise Fish Consumption Advisories

The Food and Drug Administration is going back to square one in its attempt to come up with guidelines for fish consumption. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham reports.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Flocking Behavior

Flocks of birds and schools of fish seem to move and respond as a single creature. Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager explore what's known and what's guessed about the behavior of flocks.  Go to full article
Captain Honk hits the shoreline on Pillar Point.  And displays his latest fish art made from coconuts and seashells (below).
Captain Honk hits the shoreline on Pillar Point. And displays his latest fish art made from coconuts and seashells (below).

The Joy of Junk: Beachcombing with Captain Honk

You've heard the phrase "one person's trash is another's treasure". A North Country angler and artist who spends most of his time on Lake Ontario turns junk found along the shoreline into fish sculptures. It's just one of the hobbies that keeps Tom Bintz, aka Captain Honk, busy as he divides his time between fishing, travel, art and demolition derby competitions from the North Country to the Florida Keys. Todd Moe reports.  Go to full article
Swordtail (male below)
Swordtail (male below)

Natural Selections: Sex-Changing Fish

Hermaphoditism, the ability for an animal to display characteristics of either sex, is common in fish. Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley discuss aquarium surprises.  Go to full article

Native Americans Weigh Contaminated Fish Risks

There's a trend among some Native Americans. They're trying to return to more traditional diets. Many believe various health problems among indian populations are due, in part, to adopting a diet much heavier in sugars, starches and fats then their ancestors diets. But they're concerned that pollution has tainted any of the traditional foods, such as fish. The Great Lakes radio Consortium's Lester Graham reports on communicating the risks of eating contaminated fish to ethnics groups.  Go to full article

Protecting Children From Tainted Fish

The people most at risk from contaminants in fish often don't know it. Different chemicals found in fish from many inland lakes, including the Great Lakes, can be harmful to human development. State governments issue fish consumption advisories that recommend limiting eating such fish. the Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham reports that not everyone learns of the advisories.  Go to full article

The Complexities of Issuing Fish Advisories

There are three major questions often asked when considering the environmental health of a body of water. Can you drink the water? Can you swim in it? And, can you eat the fish? Often the answer to the last question is very complicated. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham reports.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Tropical Fish

Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager talk about tropical fish, in the aquarium and in the wild.  Go to full article

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