Great Lakes Sustainable Recreational and Commercial Fisheries

VHSV (Viral Hemorrhagic Septicimia Virus) news ...

  • Studying the Impact of VHSV on a Key St. Lawrence River Sportfishery More>
    Project results of this NYSG-funded investigation will help managers and policymakers protect the $1.2 billion/year freshwater sportfisheries of New York.

  • On Air: Muskies Recovering on the St. Lawrence River More>
    As heard in this report from North Country Public Radio, while muskellunge, or muskies, are popular with anglers for their size and their ability to put up a fight, they are vulnerable to a disease called Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia, or VHS.

  • NYSG to Receive Nearly $2.4M for Coastal Research and Outreach More>
    Sea Grant Projects on storm hazards, climate change, fisheries health, hypoxia, harmful algal blooms

  • Lecture on VHS, a Great Lakes-prevalent Fish Disease, at Stony Brook University (Press Release, September 2011) More>

  • Cornell Researcher and NYSG Specialist Receive First-Ever Award (New York Coastlines, Winter 2011) More>

  • Cornell University Researcher and NYSG Specialist Receive First-Ever Award for Great Lakes fish disease outreach (Press Release, October 2010)  More>

  • A Research Spotlight on Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia Virus in the Great Lakes More>

  • Under the Microscope with VHS More>
    A NYSG-funded researcher investigates ways to prevent and contain this serious fish pathogen, which causes hemorrhaging, anemia and other signs of illness, has been identified in 28 freshwater fish species in the Great Lakes Basin.

  • New Research, Education Addresses VHS in Great Lakes Fish More>
    In a newly-funded two year NYSG study, Drs. Paul Bowser and James Casey are examining the transmission process of VHSV, the virus that causes Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia, a fish disease that has been found in a wide diversity of species in the Great Lakes Basin. The goal is so that better bio-safety protocols and decontamination methods can be developed.

  • New Sea Grant research, education partnerships address concerns over VHS, a Great Lakes fish disease More> 

  • VHS Education "Inside the Beltway" More> 

  • In mid-October 2008, Sea Grant program in New York and Rhode Island co-sponsored a workshop on VHS, Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia, an emerging disease affecting fish populations. More>

  • VHS: The Anatomy of an Emerging Virus | Coastlines, Fall 2007 More>

Climate Change news ...

NOAA Sea Grant and Climate Change: Helping the Nation Prepare More>

  • NYSG to Receive Nearly $2.4M for Coastal Research and Outreach More>
    Sea Grant Projects on storm hazards, climate change, fisheries health, hypoxia, harmful algal blooms

  • NYSG Hosts Climate Science Workshop for Extension Educators More>
    As part of its Coastal Climate Change Adaptation Initiative, NYSG organized a two-day workshop for 40 Cornell Cooperative Extension, New York and Lake Champlain Sea Grant Extension and NOAA/National Weather Service staff on how to integrate climate science into Extension’s everyday education outreach.

  • NOAA Sea Grant Initiates $1.2 Million Community Climate Change Adaptation Initiative More>

  • New York Sea Grant is part of a multi-state NOAA Public Education Climate Change Project More >

  • NOAA and NYSG will sponsor a "Climate Change Literacy Workshop for Extension Educators" August 3-4, 2010 at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY (pdf)

Other news ...

Marine Science Experts Discuss Eel Aquaculture Partnership More>
Over 30 marine science experts, eel fishermen and marketing specialists from three countries and more than 10 research universities gathered in Maine this past October talk about the American Eel, a population seemingly in decline throughout its range from Greenland to South America. Restoring free-flowing rivers and unrestricted access to watersheds is key. "The idea is to begin forming a strategic partnership that would work together to better understand eel biology, fisheries, and to take steps to develop eel aquaculture," said NYSG's Fisheries Specialist Dave MacNeill.

On Air: Fish Stocking Program Boosting Lake Ontario's Viability More>
"As improvements in water quality occurred, a sea lamprey control program began and stocking of trout and salmon really took hold, creating a multimillion dollar industry and perhaps the best of any of the fisheries in the Great Lakes," said NYSG's Fisheries Specialist Dave MacNeill during a March 2014 WRVO Radio segment.

Lake Ontario Resident Anglers: Motivations, Constraints, and Facilitators More>
As part of its goal to promote robust coastal business development, NYSG funded a study of Lake Ontario resident anglers, a large and fairly stable angler group whose travel within the Lake Ontario region is less affected by high fuel costs and the state of the economy than non-resident anglers.

NYSG to Receive Nearly $2.4M for Coastal Research and Outreach More>
Sea Grant Projects on storm hazards, climate change, fisheries health, hypoxia, harmful algal blooms

On YouTube: Comment Sought On Invasive Species Proposals More>
As NYSG's Recreation/Tourism Specialist Dave White tells the newscasters at Watertown's WWNY-TV 7 News This Morning studios, New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation is proposing regulations to help control invasive species.

On Air: Asian Carp Could Pose Real Threat to Great Lakes Ecosystem More>
As NYSG specialists shared with WRVO Radio recently, bighead and silver carp have been detected very close to the Great Lakes, so the risk of a flood introducing them into the lakes is always present.

On Air: Asian Carp Could Pose Real Threat to Great Lakes Ecosystem More>
Big head and silver carp have been detected very close to the Great Lakes, so the risk of a flood introducing them into the lakes is always present.

Lake Erie: Warmest in Summer, Coldest in Winter More>
Dr. Michael Twiss, professor at Clarkson University, on examining Lake Erie, the Great Lake most impacted by summer hypoxia (the loss of oxygen at the bottom that affects fish and other living communities): “Lake Erie, the shallowest of the Great Lakes, is warmest in summer and coldest in winter,” he says. “These extremes make it a good environment to predict how the lakes will change with global climate change.”

NYSG's Extension Specialists Honored for Excellence in 2012 More>
Last Fall, two of New York Sea Grant's own were honored for excellence by the Great Lakes Sea Grant Extension Network. These acknowledged efforts added to that of a handful of other NYSG specialists who received their own recognitions within the year.

New York Sea Grant Relocates Great Lakes Office at SUNY Oswego More>

New York Sea Grant to Assist Four Great Lakes Restoration Initiatives (November 2012) More>
NYSG will collaborate on four Great Lakes Restoration Initiative projects. Award-winning educators David B. MacNeill, a fisheries specialist, and coastal education specialist Helen M. Domske will be key partners in efforts.

NY Great Lakes Coastal Educators Honored for Excellence (October 2012) More>
Two Great Lakes coastal issue extension educators: Helen M. Domske, Buffalo, and David B. MacNeill, Oswego, have been honored for excellence by the Great Lakes Sea Grant Extension Network.

On YouTube: NYSG Educator on Danger of Invasive Asian Carp in Great Lakes (Currents, Late Summer 2012) More>
As seen in a Your News Now clip from mid-July, there is concern over an invasive fish species that could have a strong impact the Great Lakes ecosystems. Earlier this year, NYSG's Helen Domske and Dave MacNeill produced the fact sheet "Asian carp: Threats to the lower Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River?"

Trawl Workshop an International Exchange (New York Coastlines, Spring/Summer 2012) More>
In November 2011 New York Sea Grant and the US Geological Survey brought acclaimed expertise in the design of marine trawls to the Cornell University Biological Field Station on Oneida Lake.

Salmon and Trout of Lake Ontario: A Visual Identification Guide  (New York Coastlines, Spring/Summer 2012) More>
This brochure identifies each trout and salmon species in the Lake Ontario watershed based on accurate color artwork.

New Lake Ontario Fish Identification Guide is Most Accurate Aid for Anglers More>

New Fact Sheet on Asian Carp (New York Coastlines, Winter 2012) More>
A possible invasion into the Great Lakes of several of the seven species of carp found in North America, but not in the Great Lakes – the silver and bighead carp (known collectively as Asian carp) – has raised concerns.

As the US Geological Survey confirms, November 2011's Trawl Workshop is an award-winning international exchange More>

On YouTube: NYSG's Great Lakes Fisheries Specialist featured in news clip on how invasive clams are causing concern in Owasco Lake More>

NYSG Celebrates 40 Years of Pioneering Great Lakes Research at May/June 2011 IAGLR Conference More>

NYSG encourages it's various stakeholders to "Get Social with Sea Grant" with informative postcards featuring species in Long Island Bays (click here) and throughout New York's Great Lakes ecosystem (click here)

Researchers Identify Ways to Improve Lake Ontario Sportfishing More>
In a time when “tourist” anglers, those from out-of-state, are less likely to travel long distances to fish, researchers from two NYSG-funded studies agree that increasing the fishing activity of residents along New York’s Lake Ontario shoreline is especially important to sustaining the region’s coastal businesses.

A new series of fish habitat factsheets helps anglers, landowners and researchers develop collaborative projects to improve habitat for Northern pike, muskellunge and walleye.   More >

Lake Ontario trends outlook may prompt action to offset decline More >

Former Sea Grant Scholar follows the fish and finds himself at NOAA More > 

These Scholars Follow the Fish More >
Since 1971, New York Sea Grant has supported nearly 600 Scholars at a total cost of over $9 million. "It began my career in Great Lakes resources," says NYSG Great Lakes Fisheries Specialist Dave MacNeill of his Sea Grant Scholar days. "It made me realize this is what want to do."

Seeking Ways to Stimulate Sportfishing More >
The decline in the number of anglers in New York's Lake Ontario region over the last decade-and-a-half has raised concerns. With the region's economy based to a large extent on sportfishing, NYSG-funded investigators are exploring some marketing and management strategies that could help sustain the economies of coastal communities along Lake Ontario.

Lake Ontario: Stakeholders prioritizing the future More > 

Identifying ways to improve public access to sportfishing info in an effort to assist residents and tourists to make more informed choices. More >

Lake Ontario profile that provides background information on food web indicators - Fall 2008 (pdf)

An international fisheries representative recently visited New York’s Great Lakes region to study open water trawling techniques and vessel design. More >

How do the people who work, live and play along Lake Ontario see the future of this great resource? Can a wide variety of American and Canadian user groups come together to discuss how they’d like to see the future of Lake Ontario?  More >

In November 2008, attendees of an NYSG co-sponsored public workshop were provided information and insights into food web indicators of the health, condition and challenges of the Lake Ontario ecosystem, including its fisheries. More >

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