This talk is rec’d for fish fans

Florida International University’s Jennifer Rehage presents “Understanding the Dynamics and Sustainability of Recreational Fisheries: Patterns, Drivers, Space and Time in Bonefish (Albula vulpes) in South Florida” from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 8 in 164 Howlett Hall, 2001 Fyffe Road, on Ohio State’s Columbus campus. Learn more.

Her talk is part of a seminar series hosted by CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources.

For background, read Global FlyFisher’s quick treatise on bonefish biology. (Photo: A totally cool-looking bonefish, iStock.)

Stream fish sampler; or, a shocking display

Cool demo Wednesday afternoon in Farm Science Review’s Gwynne Conservation Area: electrofishing, a nonlethal way to sample fish populations, by three helpfully informative Ohio Division of Wildlife fisheries biologists.

Rock bass, longear sunfish, smallmouth bass, bluntnose minnows and two darter species, among others, were shocked with a DC current, briefly stunned, netted and then safely released in the Gwynne’s stretch of Deer Creek. The darters indicated good water quality and habitat.

Farm Science Review continues through 4 p.m. today.

This is not a rock concert, it’s a bleeding splish splash show

The June 11 breakfast program by the Environmental Professionals Network (see our previous post) takes place at the Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park Nature Center near Columbus. The center houses, among other things, a totally cool 53-foot indoor living stream. In the video above, watch some of the stream’s residents have a nosh themselves. Turtle cameo in 3 … 2 …

National Climate Assessment poem, Midwest edition, #6: Great Lakes at Greater Risk

Lake ErieKey Message 6 for the Midwest, “Increased Risks to the Great Lakes,” from the third National Climate Assessment, released May 6, 2014 (first post):

Climate change will exacerbate

A range of risks to the Great Lakes,

including changes in the range and distribution of certain fish species,

increased invasive species and harmful blooms of algae,

and declining beach health.

Ice cover declines

will lengthen the commercial navigation season.

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Our actions affect freshwater fish. How do the fish react?

bull trout 2“Freshwater fishes face extreme challenges associated with human activities in and near water,” says Suzanne Gray of CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. She’ll talk about those challenges, and how fish respond, in “Fish Biodiversity in a Changing World” today (April 3) at 4 p.m. It’s based on her research wading (literally) through degraded freshwater habitats in North America and Africa. Also included will be details on two new water conservation projects for children in Uganda and in Ohio’s Muskingum County. (Photo: Bull trout, a threatened species, in British Columbia by Joel Sartore, USFWF.)

How climate change could affect Great Lakes fish and fishing

great lakes fishing

Ohio State’s Climate Change Outreach Team presents “Climate Change Impacts on Fisheries in Lakes Michigan and Huron” from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, featuring speakers from NOAA, USGS, the National Wildlife Federation and the University of Michigan. The renewable energy webinar we mentioned yesterday starts at the same time, so in case you miss this one for that one, the team does archive its webinars for later viewing. (Photo: Michigan Sea Grant.)

Invasive species awareness: Use this app to report invaders

invasive species app

Check out the new Great Lakes Early Detection Network smartphone app, which lets you join the fight against invasive species. By using it, you can help scientists control invasive species earlier, when it’s easier, rather than later, when it’s harder (and costs more money) (and might even be impossible). Co-developers were specialists with  CFAES’s outreach arm, OSU Extension. National Invasive Species Awareness Week is March 3-8.

What you’ll find this year at the Gwynne

Call it Ohio’s showcase of conservation. A chance to hear 25 experts on 30 topics in just one place at just one time. The Gwynne Conservation Area, which is part of our Molly Caren Agricultural Center near London in central Ohio, has a full schedule of talks and demonstrations set for this year’s Farm Science Review, which runs from Sept. 18-20.