17 December 2009

Long Island Sound’s Filtration Fish…the Next Passenger Pigeon?

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“Quite simply, menhaden keep the water clean. The muddy brown color of the Long Island Sound and the growing dead zones in the Chesapeake Bay are the direct result of inadequate water filtration — a job that was once carried out by menhaden. An adult menhaden can rid four to six gallons of water of algae in a minute. Imagine then the water-cleaning capacity of the half-billion menhaden we “reduce” into oil every year.”

NYTimes.com

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Fishladder Construction Gives Students Environmental Insight

“As a first step in their new role as participants in Rhode Island's ecological rebirth, students…are raising an aquarium full of fish, brook trout that will be released into the Blackstone River next spring. They're raising the fish now as a practice run for the monumental task of one day reintroducing shad, a fish that at one time fed the entire Blackstone River Valley….”

ValleyBreeze.com

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Stimulus Funds Actually Put to Good Use

East Lyme: “Last fall, two poorly designed, badly corroded metal culvert pipes that had been in place since the 1970s clogged with sand and began to collapse, potentially choking off access to Bride Brook for the 75,000 alewife and blueback herring who depend on it to get to and from Bride Lake, their ancestral spawning area, in the spring and fall.”

TheDay.com

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Fishing’s Just Terrific in San Francisco Bay and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

“... we've had two seasons without salmon fishing, the steelhead has been listed as an endangered species and the striper fishery has just tanked….”

NewsReview.com

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Don’t forget, a saltwater fishing license is now required to fish the marine waters of Connecticut. You can purchase one from your local bait & tackle shop, such as Newtown Bait & Tackle, or at Town/City Hall.

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Check these links for more information:

Connecticut Tourism;
Long Island Sound Resource Center;
Housatonic Valley Association;
Stratford, Connecticut;
Milford, Connecticut

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