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Dr. Paul Bowser of Cornell University holds a muskellunge impacted by the VHS virus. Photo: Bowser Lab/Cornell University
Dr. Paul Bowser of Cornell University holds a muskellunge impacted by the VHS virus. Photo: Bowser Lab/Cornell University

Muskies recovering on the St. Lawrence River

Now that it's warming up, more and more people are going fishing. A lot of anglers have their eyes on muskellunge, or muskies. Muskies are popular for their size, and their ability to put up a fight.

"I've never been muskie fishing. But I know a lot of people that do, and I guess hooking into one of these fish is quite an experience! I guess it would be analogous to catching a torpedo," says David MacNeill, a fisheries specialist at New York Sea Grant, which is funding research on muskies.  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

Muskies threatened by invasive species

This time of year, avid anglers flock to the St. Lawrence River in search of one of the most challenging freshwater catches: the muskellunge, or muskie. Some call it "the fish of 10,000 casts". This year's muskie season is clouded by bad news. A disease called VHS has killed hundreds of the fish. And each year seems to bring new invasive species to the river, causing change and uncertainty in the ecosystem. As researchers try to pin down the effects of these invaders, anglers are calling for action. David Sommerstein has part two in our series on invasive species.  Go to full article

River advocates to push for cleaner ballast

The environmental group Save The River is kicking off a campaign to urge Seaway freighters to clean their ballast water this weekend in Alexandria Bay. At the group's annual "Winter Weekend," the new St. Lawrence Seaway chief is scheduled to make his first public appearance in the North Country. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

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