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The Rising Temperatures and Their Effect on Northwoods Fisheries: Understanding the Impacts and Adapting to Climate Change through Inland Fisheries Management

BySamantha Jones

Apr 4, 2024
Science and Beer: Exploring the Impacts of Climate Change on Fisheries

In the Northwoods region, outdoor recreation is a major economic driver, with fishing playing a crucial role in this sector. Lakes and rivers in the area are home to a diverse range of fish species. However, changes in temperature over the years have been affecting fisheries in the region. Since 1950, temperatures in Wisconsin have increased by about 2 to 3 degrees, and are projected to warm an additional 2 to 8 degrees in the next 25 years. These climate changes are expected to impact fisheries in the area.

Holly Embke, a research fish biologist with the USGS Midwest Climate Adaptation Science Center, notes that we are already seeing changes in fish populations due to warming waters. Species like bluegill and bass are thriving, while cold water species like walleye are struggling. A recent study highlighted that shifts in ice-off dates may pose a threat to walleye spawning.

Despite these challenges, Embke emphasizes the importance of understanding where fish populations are struggling and thriving and implementing habitat restoration strategies to support these populations. Actions such as habitat restoration and focusing on different fish species like yellow perch or sunfish may help mitigate the impacts of climate change on fisheries. Embke will be discussing these challenges and the significance of inland fisheries at the upcoming Science on Tap event in Minocqua on April 4. The event will be held at Rocky Reef Brewing Company in Woodruff and will also be available for streaming online. Embke hopes that attendees will gain a better understanding of the potential changes affecting fish communities and realize that while changes are inevitable, there are opportunities to adapt and support these ecosystems in a changing climate.

By Samantha Jones

As a dedicated content writer at newszxcv.com, I bring a passion for storytelling and a keen eye for detail to every piece I create. With a background in journalism and a love for crafting engaging narratives, I strive to deliver informative and captivating content that resonates with our readers. Whether I'm covering breaking news or delving into in-depth features, my goal is to inform, entertain, and inspire through the power of words. Join me on this journey as we explore the ever-evolving world of news together.

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