sea lamprey http://michiganradio.org en What would you do if killer lampreys invaded your town? http://michiganradio.org/post/what-would-you-do-if-killer-lampreys-invaded-your-town <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Would you:</span></p><p>A) run away screaming</p><p>B) attack them with golf clubs, weed whackers and curling irons, or</p><p>C) haplessly fall victim to them as you enjoy a quiet afternoon of fishing with your dog?</p><p>The residents of a fictional Michigan town do all of the above in <a href="http://www.animalplanet.com/tv-shows/blood-lake">"Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys"</a> airing this week on Animal Planet. It's by the same people who brought us "<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2724064/">Sharknado</a>."</p><p>Watch the trailer below:</p><p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="275" id="dit-video-embed" scrolling="no" src="http://snagplayer.video.dp.discovery.com/861210/snag-it-player.htm?auto=no" width="550"></iframe></p><p>Really, it was only a matter of time. With its toothy suction cup for a face and razor sharp tongue, the sea lamprey was a horror movie villain just waiting to shine.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 29 May 2014 12:50:00 +0000 Rebecca Williams 17790 at http://michiganradio.org What would you do if killer lampreys invaded your town? In this morning's news: Deadline for Detroit creditors, drunken boating, sea lamprey survey http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-deadline-detroit-creditors-drunken-boating-sea-lamprey-survey <p><strong>Deadline for objecting Detroit bankruptcy arrives</strong></p><p>“Banks, bond insurers, employee pension systems and others who believe they are owed money by Detroit are up against the clock to legally voice opposition to the largest municipal bankruptcy filing in U.S. history. A federal judge set today as the eligibility objection deadline in the bankruptcy petition by Detroit's state-appointed emergency manager Kevin Orr,” the Associated Press reports.</p><p><strong>Drunken boating still a problem on the Great Lakes</strong></p><p>“The U.S. Coast Guard says boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs remains a serious problem on the Great Lakes. Personnel stationed on the lakes had issued 89 citations for drunken boating this year through Aug. 13. That's up from 84 during the same period in 2012. Alcohol is a leading cause of fatal boating accidents. Penalties for piloting a boat while drunk can reach $5,000,” the Associated Press reports.</p><p><strong>Feds to survey the Detroit River for sea lamprey</strong></p><p>“A team with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will estimate the abundance of <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/feds-survey-detroit-river-invasive-lamprey">sea lamprey in the Detroit River </a>this month to determine what control measures might be needed. Lampreys attach to fish and use their sharp teeth dig through a fish's scales and skin and feed on blood and body fluids. The average lamprey will destroy up to 40 pounds of fish. Crews have kept lamprey numbers under control by applying a specially designed poison to streams where they lay eggs,” according to the Associated Press.</p><p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 11:45:46 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14044 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Deadline for Detroit creditors, drunken boating, sea lamprey survey Feds to survey Detroit River for invasive lamprey http://michiganradio.org/post/feds-survey-detroit-river-invasive-lamprey <p>DETROIT (AP) - A team with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will estimate the abundance of sea lamprey in the Detroit River this month to determine what control measures might be needed.<br><br>The eel-like lamprey invaded the Great Lakes during the 1920s and has remained ever since. Lampreys attach to fish with a mouth resembling a suction cup. Their sharp teeth dig through a fish's scales and skin and feed on blood and body fluids.<br><br>The average lamprey will destroy up to 40 pounds of fish.<br> Sun, 18 Aug 2013 16:22:00 +0000 The Associated Press 14039 at http://michiganradio.org Feds to survey Detroit River for invasive lamprey Unlocking the secrets of sea lamprey love http://michiganradio.org/post/unlocking-secrets-sea-lamprey-love <p>The sea lamprey is an invasive fish with a round mouth like a suction cup.&nbsp; It latches onto big fish like lake trout and salmon, drills its razor sharp tongue into them, and gets fat drinking their blood and body fluids. A single lamprey can kill up to 40 pounds of fish in its lifetime.</p><p>Scientists spend a lot of time trying to outsmart them, and they’ve just made a new discovery.</p><p>When you’re a male sea lamprey, with that slimy skin, and a suction cup full of teeth for a face: you’ve got to compensate for that somehow.</p><p><strong>Hey baby, is it hot in here? Or is it just <em>me</em>?</strong></p><p>It turns out male sea lampreys <em>are </em>hot. They grow a swollen ridge on their back when they’re sexually mature. Scientists at Michigan State University <a href="http://jeb.biologists.org/content/216/14/2702.abstract?sid=fa6d5b2e-6f54-448c-8f66-322497e89cab">have discovered that ridge heats up</a> when males get around a lady lamprey.</p><p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 15:21:59 +0000 Rebecca Williams 13482 at http://michiganradio.org Unlocking the secrets of sea lamprey love It's lampricide season on the Great Lakes, Jay Leno attaches one to his neck http://michiganradio.org/post/its-lampricide-season-great-lakes-jay-leno-attaches-one-his-neck <p>The U.S. government spends millions of dollars every year to keep sea lamprey in check.</p><p>This year, Congress has approved $21,408,342.00 to control the Great Lakes invader.</p><p>Dale Burkett is the <span class="st">director of the sea lamprey control program for the </span>Great Lakes Fishery Commission (GLFC). The agency oversees lamprey control both on the U.S. side and on the Canadian side.</p><p>Burkett says the money pays for control efforts in roughly 100 streams and rivers feeding the Great Lakes.</p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 19:54:10 +0000 Mark Brush 12905 at http://michiganradio.org It's lampricide season on the Great Lakes, Jay Leno attaches one to his neck New report shows comprehensive view of climate changes’ effect http://michiganradio.org/post/new-report-shows-comprehensive-view-climate-changes-effect <p>A <a href="http://www.nwf.org/~/media/PDFs/Global-Warming/Reports/NWF_Wildlife-Warming-World_Report_web.pdf?dmc=1&amp;ts=20130130T1613457031">new report from the National Wildlife Federation</a> details ways climate change is affecting the Great Lakes states, including Michigan.</p><p>The report says there’s more heavy rainfall events, a major decline in ice cover, and warmer average water temperatures. It outlines a number of examples where wildlife and communities are reacting to the changes.</p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 14:13:13 +0000 Lindsey Smith 11023 at http://michiganradio.org New report shows comprehensive view of climate changes’ effect New barrier to keep blood-sucking parasite under control? http://michiganradio.org/post/new-barrier-keep-blood-sucking-parasite-under-control <p>Michigan is taking ownership of a dam on the Manistique River in the Upper Peninsula.</p><p>That will allow the federal government to build a new barrier there to keep sea lampreys from breeding in the river. Managers of the fishery expect that will bring the lamprey problem under control in Lake Michigan.</p><p>For more than fifty years Canada and the U.S. have been battling the eel-like creature across the Great Lakes. Sea lampreys are parasites that drill holes in fish to feed on blood and body fluids. They often kill the fish. The sea lamprey was one of the first invasive species to arrive in the lakes, and it’s the only invasive to be <a href="http://environmentreport.org/show.php?showID=558">successfully controlled by humans</a>.</p><p> Thu, 16 Aug 2012 14:59:09 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8695 at http://michiganradio.org New barrier to keep blood-sucking parasite under control? Queen to enjoy "Great Lakes sea lamprey pie" at Diamond Jubilee http://michiganradio.org/post/queen-enjoy-great-lakes-sea-lamprey-pie-diamond-jubilee <p>According to the <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-17791695">BBC</a>, a sea-lamprey pie made for the monarchs in England by chefs in the city of Gloucester was a Christmas tradition that dated back to the Middle Ages.</p><p>The custom stalled in the 19th century, but has been revived of late for special occasions.</p><p>This year, Gloucester chefs plan to cook up a lamprey pie for Queen Elizabeth II for her <a href="http://www.thediamondjubilee.org/">Diamond Jubilee</a> in June - marking 60 years of her reign.</p><p>And this time around, the lampreys in the pie will come from the Great Lakes.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20120427/NEWS06/204270431/1001/news">Detroit Free Press</a> reports the Great Lakes Fishery Commission&#39;s Marc Gaden will gladly make an official delivery of the lampreys while vacationing in England this May.</p><p>Here, the lampreys are an invasive species that continue to threaten the sport fishing industry. But that&#39;s not the case in England:</p><blockquote><p>Although lamprey used to be abundant in the Severn River near Gloucester, the creatures are now endangered and protected.</p><p>&quot;It would be like us making a pie out of piping plover,&quot; an endangered shorebird in Michigan, Gaden said.</p><p>Gaden already has shipped 2 pounds of slimy Lake Huron lamprey, frozen, to Gloucester, but he is vacationing in England and will put on a tie and officially present the fish to the mayor May 4.</p></blockquote><p>The Free Press reports chefs will consult an old recipe for the occasion:</p><blockquote><p>One traditional 15th-Century recipe calls for the creature to be cooked in a sauce of wine, vinegar, cinnamon and its own blood, then baked in a tall crust...</p><p>[Marc]Gaden said he doesn&#39;t plan to eat any.</p></blockquote><p>The BBC and the Free Press both report that no one can predict whether the Queen will partake in a piece of lamprey pie, or simply quietly admire it.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-17791695">BBC has a video</a> about the Gloucester tradition of lamprey pie baking.</p><p>For more on how the sea lamprey snuck into the Lakes, check out &quot;<a href="http://environmentreport.org/story.php?story_id=2802">The Earliest Invader</a>,&quot; a piece David Sommerstein did for the <a href="http://environmentreport.org/topten.php">Environment Report&#39;s Ten Threats to the Great Lake</a>s series. Fri, 27 Apr 2012 18:13:31 +0000 Mark Brush 7234 at http://michiganradio.org Queen to enjoy "Great Lakes sea lamprey pie" at Diamond Jubilee U.S. House bill would weaken Michigan's invasive species law http://michiganradio.org/post/us-house-bill-would-weaken-michigans-invasive-species-law <p>Michigan&rsquo;s fight to control invasive species in the Great Lakes could be weakened by a bill passed by the U.S. House this week.</p><p>Michigan put a ballast water law into effect in 2007 to keep ships from releasing new invasive species into the Great Lakes.</p><p>But the standard would be lowered by a Coast Guard funding bill that&rsquo;s on its way to the U.S. Senate.</p><p>Patty Birkholz is director of Michigan&rsquo;s Office of the Great Lakes. She says the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Coast Guard had plenty of time to come up with recommendations, but failed to do so.</p><p>Now, Birkholz&nbsp; says, Michigan has the most to lose.</p><p>&quot;We know the dangers that we&#39;re under with invasive species, both from water and land, and we have to protect ourselves even if the federal government won&#39;t standup to the invasive threat out there,&quot; Birkholz says.</p><p>Birkholz says no new invasive species have been found since Michigan tightened its ballast water standards.</p><p>The U.S. House bill also allows the SS Badger car ferry in Ludington to continue dumping coal ash into Lake Michigan. The operator says it can&rsquo;t yet afford to convert to natural gas. Thu, 17 Nov 2011 10:00:00 +0000 Rina Miller 5024 at http://michiganradio.org U.S. House bill would weaken Michigan's invasive species law Sea lampreys gaining the upper hand http://michiganradio.org/post/sea-lampreys-gaining-upper-hand <p>For fifty years Canada and the U.S. have been battling an eel-like creature across the Great Lakes. Sea lampreys are parasites that drill holes in fish to feed on blood and body fluids. They often kill the fish. The sea lamprey was one of the first invasive species to arrive in the lakes, and it&rsquo;s the only invasive to be successfully controlled by humans.</p><p>But in recent years, the lamprey has been getting the upper hand in the struggle. As Peter Payette reports there might be more setbacks in the near future:</p><p>If you&rsquo;re on a lamprey control team you get to see all the prettiest streams and rivers in the Great Lakes. That&rsquo;s because lampreys like clean water.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;Part of our problems recently have been some of the streams that were too dirty to harbor lampreys have been cleaned up and now we have lampreys in parts of the Saginaw River. We never had lampreys in that up until 15 or 20 years ago.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Ellie Koon supervises one of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife treatment teams. They spend the warm months killing young lampreys by the thousands.</p><p>They treat rivers using a chemical called lampricide. It&rsquo;s a poison that rarely hurts other fish. In fact, during a treatment the fish get a feast they normally wouldn&rsquo;t. Young lampreys look a bit like worms at this stage and stay in the mud. But when they&rsquo;re poisoned they swim out where fish can grab them.</p><p>Ellie Koon and one of her team members, Hank Cupp, say fish and other animals in the river pig out.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;You can almost hear the fish burping the day after we treat. You can see them swimming around with lampreys hanging out of their mouths that they can&rsquo;t swallow.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p> Tue, 02 Aug 2011 14:49:58 +0000 Rebecca Williams 3573 at http://michiganradio.org Sea lampreys gaining the upper hand Playing matchmaker for sea lampreys http://michiganradio.org/post/playing-matchmaker-sea-lampreys <p>Sea lampreys are invasive parasites found in every one of the Great Lakes. It’s a fish with a round mouth like a suction cup. It latches onto big fish like trout and salmon... and kills them by drinking their blood.</p><p>It costs fisheries managers in the U.S. and Canada 20 million dollars a year to control the lamprey.</p><p>There’s one secret weapon in development that could eventually save them money... pheromones. Those are odors that male lampreys release to attract the lady lampreys.</p><p>I called <a href="http://environmentreport.org/show.php?showID=497">Nick Johnson with the Michigan lamprey research team</a> to find out how the team's third and final year of testing these pheromones is going.</p><p>You could call him a lamprey matchmaker.</p><blockquote><p>"Pheromones are typically species specific, so they should have minimal impact to other species, they're highly potent, effective at very low concentrations. So once they're developed they could be applied relatively cheaply and with little environmental impact."</p></blockquote><p> Fri, 14 Jan 2011 21:19:28 +0000 Rebecca Williams 893 at http://michiganradio.org Playing matchmaker for sea lampreys