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Aquatic Research Lab, MDNRE cooperate to seed cisco in Lake Huron

Posted: November 17th, 2010

CONTACT: John Shibley, e-mail, 906-635-2314; Tom Pink, e-mail, 635-2315; Jim Johnson, Alpena Fishery Research Station, e-mail.


HERRING BY ANY OTHER NAME – Michigan Natural Resources & Environment (MDNRE) hatchery biologist Randy Espinoza "strips" eggs from a cisco - an updated name for lake herring - caught in the St. Mary's River on Nov 12. Looking on are Lake Superior State University fisheries and wildlife management student Ellis Raatz, right, and MDNRE hatchery biologist Matt Hughes. In back are LSSU Aquatic Research Laboratory manager Roger Greil and ARL student technician Kelley Turek. The team collected and fertilized about a million eggs at the Harvey Marina in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. The Thompson fish hatchery in Manistique is holding the eggs until donor fish are certified as free of viral hemorrhagic septicemia. After about 20 days they will be handed off to the Wolf Lake hatchery east of Kalamazoo for rearing and release into Lake Huron's Thunder Bay next summer as part of a pilot effort that seeks to boost cisco population. LSSU student Raatz is from Gaylord, Mich.; Turek, a senior studying fisheries and wildlife management, is from Mayville, Mich. Hughes ('96) and Espinoza ('97) are both LSSU graduates. (LSSU/John Shibley)

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TOGETHER IN WADERS – Michigan Natural Resources & Environment (MDNRE) volunteer Frank Krist glances up from a load of lake herring that he and his wife Theresa (below) are separating during an egg collection campaign in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., on Nov. 12. The MDNRE teamed up with Lake Superior State University's Aquatic Research Laboratory (ARL) to harvest and fertilize a million eggs at Harvey marina on the St. Mary's river. The Thompson fish hatchery in Manistique will hold the fertilized eggs for about 20 days until tissue samples taken by the ARL verify that donor fish are free of viral hemorrhagic septicemia. Then eggs then go to the Wolf Lake hatchery east of Kalamazoo for rearing and release into Lake Huron's Thunder Bay next summer. Incidentally, this species of lake herring is being renamed by scientists to the more taxonomically-correct "cisco." The Krists are both from Rogers City, Mich. (LSSU/John Shibley)

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