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Fisheries: Outreach and Education
World Fish Migration Day - May 24, 2014
 
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Lower Great Lakes Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation Office Connects People with Nature Using Flat Fish Activity

World Fish Migration Day (WFMD) is a one day global event to call attention for open rivers and migratory fish. In cooperation with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Maine Fisheries Office, the LGLFWCO is promoting a Flat Fish Activity.

Here is a fun, quick and easy way for you, your family, your friends and your coworkers to do your part to support our finned friends. We have quick instructions below, or click here for detailed instructions. Learn a little about what makes migration tough!

Download and print a flat fish of your choice (American eel, lake trout, lake sturgeon). You can learn more about each fish by downloading the fact sheet.
Find a nice spot (maybe alongside a river or stream) and snap a photo of yourself holding your flat fish.
Make note of your location (use GPS, street address or detailed description).
Download, print, and sign a photo release form. Make sure you check the "Grant Unrestricted Use of Likeness" box or we won't be able to use your photo.
Email your picture, location and your signed release form to Denise_Clay@fws.gov.
Give us a few days and then look for your picture on our interactive map and in our flat fish gallery.


Fisheries: Native Species
State of Lake Erie Meeting
 
Fish Biologist Dr. Dimitry Gorsky presents information about lake sturgeon at the State of Lake Meeting in Hamburg, NY

Lower Great Lakes FWCO Presents “The Search for Lake Sturgeon in Lake Erie” at Partners Meeting

Fish Biologist, Dr. Dimitry Gorsky presented a talk titled, "The search for Lake Sturgeon in Lake Erie" at the State of Lake Erie Meeting sponsored by Southtowns Walleye Association, New York Sea Grant and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation . The talk described the history of lake sturgeon in Lake Erie and some of the surveys used to identify where sturgeon may be present. Also covered during the discussion was how the LGLFWCO is moving forward to identify more populations that may exist in the lake. The very engaged audience of approximately 100 had very clear concerns and interests in the state of Lake Erie and the work conducted by the LGLFWCO.

Caption: Fish Biologist Dr. Dimitry Gorsky presents information about lake sturgeon at the State of Lake Meeting in Hamburg, NY. - Photo Credit: Helen Domske/NY Sea Grant


Fisheries: Outreach and Education
WNY Sport and Travel Expo
 
Kids at our display booth at the WNY Sport and Travel Expo

Lower Great Lakes Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation Office Connects People with Nature at WNY Sport and Travel Expo
Northeast Region, March 6, 2014

Staff from the Lower Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office and their friends group, The Great Lakes Experience, recently engaged over 820 outdoor enthusiasts at the WNY Sport and Travel Expo. This four-day event was held at the fairgrounds in Hamburg, NY and featured displays about fishing, hunting, camping, and powersports. The Lower Great Lakes FWCO exhibit included a 6-foot lake sturgeon replica, silver and bighead carp mounts, and information carrying the Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers message. Adults and children alike enjoyed a chance to test their knowledge throughout the event at a Great Lakes Trivia board provided by The Great Lakes Experience.

Caption: WNY Sport and Travel Expo attendees test their Great Lakes knowledge at the Lower Great Lakes FWCO display. - Photo Credit: Michael Goehle/USFWS


Fisheries: Native Species and Science & Technology
Mapping Lake Sturgeon Spawning Habitat
 

Cool Science And Mapping Lake Sturgeon Spawning Habitat

One reason for persistently low lake sturgeon population levels is limited access to spawning habitat, which is characterized by fast flowing water over gravel and cobble river bottom. A dam that regulates the Seneca River’s flow from Cayuga Lake is potentially restricting sturgeon access to upstream spawning habitat. Lower Great Lakes staff are embarking on a new project to create suitable spawning habitat in this area. We used sidescan sonar to map the kind of rock and sediments on the bottom of the river. Then we used multibeam sonar to map bathymetry (depth), and an Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler to map summer water flow. An hydraulic engineer with the FWS is combining all of this information with land topography to produce a hydraulic model of the river that will help us predict water levels, and river channel velocities for different flow conditions during the sturgeon spawning season. We will then select the best location to build a spawning reef during the summer of 2014. In following years, we will monitor spawning on the reef and compare that to historical spawning activity. Similar sturgeon spawning habitat enhancement projects in other rivers have been very successful. (Contact: Zy Biesinger)

 

 

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Last updated: April 16, 2014
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