The Great Lakes and its fish population are changing. Warming air and water, shorter winters with less snow and ice and more extreme weather are impacting the lakes and the fish that live there. This could make it harder for native cold water fish to survive, and give invasive species an edge. In addition, harmful algal blooms are creating dead zones that are bad news for fish. These changes impact both sport fishermen and the commercial fishing industry, which together contribute an estimated $5 billion to the Great Lakes economy.
The Environment Report from Michigan Radio is examining this issue in a special five part audio series, In Warm Water: Fish & the Changing Great Lakes, to be broadcast Sept. 30 - Oct. 4, 2013.
In Warm Water: Fish & the Changing Great Lakes is a companion to Michigan Radio’s Asian Carp & the Great Lakes series, originally broadcast in Sept, 2012. These series are funded by a grant from the Great Lakes Fishery Trust.