Peter Payette http://michiganradio.org en Bass getting fat on invasive fish http://michiganradio.org/post/bass-getting-fat-invasive-fish <p><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.200000762939453px;">The bass are getting fat.</span></p><p style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.200000762939453px;">Lake Michigan was recently recognized as one of the best places in America to fish for bass. The booming fishery is one sign of what might be a major shift of the lake’s food web.</p><p style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.200000762939453px;">But that change is being driven by an increase in goby, an invasive species. And it could spell trouble for salmon— the most popular sport fish in Lake Michigan. &nbsp;</p><p style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.200000762939453px;"> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:18:49 +0000 Peter Payette 18323 at http://michiganradio.org Bass getting fat on invasive fish Michigan entrepreneurs want the saskatoon to be the next big fruit http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-entrepreneurs-want-saskatoon-be-next-big-fruit <p>An unusual berry should be widely available at farmers markets in northern Michigan this summer. In fact, the region has become the center of saskatoon growing in the United States.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Most people who grow </span>saskatoons<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> around Traverse City were not farmers until a few years ago, but the berry could have a bright future in northern Michigan.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 15:22:12 +0000 Peter Payette 18033 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan entrepreneurs want the saskatoon to be the next big fruit Watchdog groups wary of proposed fracking rules http://michiganradio.org/post/watchdog-groups-wary-proposed-fracking-rules <p><strong>This story has been updated. 5/9/2014</strong></p><p>New rules proposed for oil and gas drilling in Michigan are getting a mixed response, at best, from watchdog groups. The rules would apply to a type of drilling often referred to as “fracking.” Critics say the proposed changes continue to favor the oil and gas industry over neighbors and the public.</p><p>The official line in Michigan has long been that drilling for oil and gas is well-regulated and done safely. But many people are not convinced.</p><p>Hal Fitch is the head of the Office of Oil, Gas and Minerals. He says they are responding to those concerns.</p><p>"We saw some need to make some changes, some improvements, partly because of changing technology, partly because of public concern out there over hydraulic fracturing," he says.</p><p> Tue, 06 May 2014 12:50:00 +0000 Peter Payette 17490 at http://michiganradio.org Watchdog groups wary of proposed fracking rules Zebra mussel-killing bacteria could help native species in the Great Lakes http://michiganradio.org/post/zebra-mussel-killing-bacteria-could-help-native-species-great-lakes <p>A treatment that kills zebra and quagga mussels could soon be available for use in lakes and rivers. It’s very effective and safe.</p><p>But it is not likely to undo much of the ecological damage done to Michigan waters by invasive mussels.</p><p>It could be good news, though, if you’re a clam.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 15:04:06 +0000 Peter Payette 17055 at http://michiganradio.org Zebra mussel-killing bacteria could help native species in the Great Lakes Archeologists Diverge On Discovery In Lake Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/archeologists-diverge-discovery-lake-michigan Archeologists studying a wooden beam pulled from northern Lake Michigan this summer can't say whether it is a piece of the first European ship to sail the upper Great Lakes or a post from an old fishing net. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 14:50:57 +0000 Peter Payette 16593 at http://michiganradio.org Archeologists Diverge On Discovery In Lake Michigan