Climate Change Impacts on Fisheries in Lakes Michigan & Huron

Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 12:00 to 13:00

Webinar for Great Lakes fishery stakeholders on how climate change could affect important Great Lakes fisheries, valued at more than $7 billion.

Recent research has focused on how climate change could influence fish habitat — including water temperature, ice cover, and water levels — phytoplankton production, and ultimately fish production.  This webinar focuses on Lakes Michigan and Huron, and will provide information about:

  • whether we can detect climate signals in long-term data on fisheries and phytoplankton;
  • preliminary climate (e.g., water temperature, ice cover) forecasts for 2043-2065;
  • how future climate could influence growth and consumption of key fish species, such as chinook salmon, lake trout, yellow perch, and lake whitefish.

 

About the presenter:

Dr. David "Bo" Bunnell trained as an Aquatic Ecologist.  His interest is in trophic interactions between fish and their prey, particularly how these interactions are influenced by human stressors such as nonindigenous species and climate change.  He is also interested in life history strategies and how they evolve to influence population dynamics of managed fish species.  Within the USGS Great Lakes Science Center, Bunnell is assigned to the Lake Michigan section, but has had opportunities to collaborate on research questions across the Great Lakes basin.  

This webinar is free.  Click here to register. 

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