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We wish to thank Kristy Meyer, M.S. Director of Agricultural & Clean Water Programs, for providing this update regarding Asian carp control.

Today, Senator Stabenow (D-MI) with Senators Portman, Brown, Durbin, Levin, Casey, Schumer, Gillibrand, Klobuchar, and Franken introduced the attached bill, the Stop Invasive Species Act of 2012.  This is Senator Stabenow's revised Stop Asian Carp Act, which she introduced last year.

The bill numbers of the new bills are: S. 2317 and H.R. 4406

Reps. Camp and Slaughter will be introducing a House version too.

Please thank Senators Portman and Brown!

Kristy Meyer, M.S.
Director of Agricultural & Clean Water Programs

Ohio Environmental Council
1207 Grandview Ave., Ste. 201
Columbus, OH 43212
Direct Phone: (614) 487-5842
OEC Phone: (614) 487-7506

For easy to read and understand information regarding the harmful alage blooms in Lake Erie, please click on the links below.

Dave Kelch
Ohio Sea Grant Extension Specialist

Experimental Lake Erie Harmful Algal Bloom Bulletin September 22 with forcast through September 25.

You can receive this bulletin automatically by going to the following link and registering:

This may be helpful for anglers over the weekend of September 23-25.

Dave Kelch, Sea Grant Extension Specialist, Ohio Sea Grant College Program

Please visit the link below for the current update and forecast for Lake Erie harmful algae blooms (HABS) for Septemebr 15-18, 2011.

You can subscribe to recieve this bulletin automatically as well at:

This information may be very important to boaters, anglers and scuba divers planning to venture out on Lake Erie this weekend.

Dave Kelch, Ohio Sea Grant Extension Specialist, Ohio Sea Grant College Program

Please vist the link below to view a new HAB's bulletin developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  This experimental HAB bulletin has been developed to provide a weekly forecast for Microcystis blooms in western Lake Erie. When a harmful bloom is detected by the experimental system, scientists will issue a forecast bulletin. The bulletin depicts the HABs’ current location and future movement, as well as categorizes its intensity on a weekly basis.
To view the current bulletin, click on the PDF at the link site.
You can also sign up at this site to be placed on the HAB bulletin email list.
This may be an important email list to be on for anglers, recreational boaters and scuba divers planning a trip on Lake Erie.

Dave Kelch, Ohio Sea Grant Extension Specialist, Ohio Sea Grant College Program

Hageman Retires from Ohio Sea Grant After Introducing Thousands of Students to Science
John Hageman has worked to give K-12 students the same opportunities to experience science as he had at their age. He pulled his first fish trawl on Lake Erie as a high school sophomore during a Stone Lab field trip and he hasn’t ever forgotten the excitement. In fact, it will be what he misses the most when he retires at the end of this month.
Stone Lab has served as both a foundation for John’s interest in aquatic biology and as an outlet for his enthusiasm for science, as he watches students get excited about the same things he has been excited about for the 24 years he has served as Co-Manager of Stone Lab.
As the teaching assistant in his high school ichthyology class during 1976 and 1977, John went with the class to visit Stone Lab three times and grew more enthralled with fisheries biology each time. When his teacher heard that Ohio State University’s Center for Lake Erie Area Research (CLEAR) had an opening for a fish identification job, she recommended that John apply. His experience identifying fish honed in class and at Stone Lab prepared him well and John, a 17-year-old high school senior at the time, landed the job. The part-time position saw him receive his first paycheck from CLEAR at a humble $2.50 an hour.
“I became a very familiar fixture in the university’s zoology, natural resources, and biological sciences departments,” John says. Through college and for the four years after he graduated, John identified tens of thousands of larval fish samples, collected larval fish samples in Michigan, and studied fish spawning, nutrition, and feeding.
The field work made him the winning candidate for the Stone Lab Manager position when it opened in 1987. John remembered the fundamental role his initial Stone Lab experience played in his career and he focused on building the science field trip program to spark grade school students’ interest in science. While field trip students already went out on research vessels to collect plankton samples and trawl for fish, John saw that their teachers were requesting more activities. To fill the time and make the school trips more worthwhile, John developed an invertebrate walk where students collect organisms to study in the lab to determine water quality.
John didn’t stop there. He channeled the expertise already available at Stone Lab, and created ornithology and geology walks to study the birds and rock features on Gibraltar Island, and worked with a researcher to develop an edible plants walk. He also worked with Stone Lab Co-Manager Matt Thomas and Outreach Coordinator Kristin Stanford to plan herpetology sessions, allowing students to get up close and personal with the lake’s snakes and amphibians.
“We want to get as many students to come up here as possible,” John says. “Yes, it helps our bottom line, but what’s more important to me is that we can give more kids exposure to Lake Erie ecology and teach them about healthy ecosystems. I just think what would have happened if I hadn’t made those trips to Stone Lab as a high school student, or how many students have made the decision to become biology majors after coming here on field trips.”
With more activities to take, schools have had more reasons to stretch their Stone Lab trips to overnight stays and under John’s leadership, the program has grown from attracting 1,300 students per year to an average of nearly 5,000 students from an average of 70 schools in four neighboring states.
“There’s probably nobody in Stone Lab’s history that has meant more to the lab than John,” says Jeff Reutter, Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory Director. “We never had a more dedicated and hard-working employee than John. His focus was always entirely on enhancing our impact, improving our quality, and making room for one more student.”
Without a doubt, John’s favorite part of his job is watching students’ eyes light up in nature for the first time. “Looking at a plankton sample under the microscope and seeing water flees glide across the screen, you hear them say ‘ohh,’ and ‘ahh.’ They had no idea what lives in water,” he says. “And it’s exciting to see their anticipation—just like the feeling I still get when we pull in a fish trawl. It’s a thrill every time. That’s what I’m going to miss.”
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John has been one of the contributors here on the discussion board, and his knowledge will be missed.  Good luck John in your retirement and future plans!!!  You have certainly left your legacy with both Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab!!

Dave Kelch, Sea Grant Extension Specialist, Ohio Sea Grant College Program

Take a minute to let your senators and congressional representative know if you want to keep the Asian carp out of the Great Lakes.  It will only take a minute, and your message will be sent directly to your senator/congressional representative based upon your zip code.

Please visit the Link below, provided by the Alliance for the Great Lakes, Great Lakes Action Center.

PLEASE share this with your friends in other Great Lakes states!!!!

Dave Kelch, Ohio Sea Grant Extension Specialist, Ohio Sea Grant College Program

Please visit the link below to read the AFS resolution to stop Asian carp. 

Hopefully this will get the attention of those who have been dragging their
feet in political mire and muck, and move forward with what needs to be done-----instead of studying the problem for five years.
(You may need to cut and paste this link into your browser)

The American Fisheries Society (AFS) is the world’s oldest and largest organization dedicated to strengthening the fisheries profession, advancing fisheries science, and conserving fisheries resources
For more information about The American Fisheries Society, please visit:

Dave Kelch, Associate Professor,Sea Grant Extension Specialist, Ohio Sea Grant College Program (and an AFS member)
Ohio Sea Grant Aquatic Invasive Species Program Leader


Dave Kelch, Sea Grant Extension Specialist, Ohio Sea Grant College Program

NEWS From BoatUS
Boat Owners Association of The United States
880 S. Pickett St., Alexandria, VA  22304
BoatUS Press Room at
Press Contact:  D. Scott Croft, 703-461-2864,
Photo Available at:
Photo Caption: Without reliable GPS to help boaters navigate, BoatUS fears more vessels could end up on the rocks like this sailboat, and put crew safety at risk.
Boaters Stand to Lose Critical GPS Navigational Aid
Voice Your Opinion: Comment Period Closes July 30
ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 13, 2011 - As a result of a proposal by a private company to use radio frequency bandwidth right next to the existing GPS radio bandwidth, the future reliability of the GPS system across the United States is now in question. The nation's largest recreational boaters group, BoatUS, says boaters could have a hard time avoiding treacherous shoals or simply finding their way home if GPS signals are interfered with, and is urging boaters to speak out during a 30-day comment period."This is a remarkably short comment period for an issue that has such dire consequences for America's boaters and every other GPS user in the country," said BoatUS Vice President of Government Affairs Margaret Podlich.
At issue is an unusual conditional waiver granted in January by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to a broadband wireless communications provider, LightSquared, to permit the dramatic expansion of land-based use of mobile satellite spectrum. This spectrum, or frequency bandwidth, is directly adjacent to the frequencies used for Global Positioning System (GPS) communications.
The company has proposed to build 40,000 ground stations. LightSquared's high-powered ground-based transmissions from these stations have shown to cause interference in hundreds of millions of GPS receivers across a wide range of uses, including aviation, marine, emergency response and industrial users such as delivery and trucking companies. A new report requested by the FCC says, "all phases of the LightSquared deployment plan will result in widespread harmful interference to GPS signals and service and that mitigation is not possible."
Recreational boaters lost their only other viable navigation system, LORAN, when the Department of Homeland Security shut the system down last year. At that time the US Coast Guard urged mariners to shift to GPS-based navigation systems. Boaters rely on GPS-enabled chart-plotters to steer clear of navigation hazards, keep them in the safety of deep-water channels, or even get them home when storms shut down visibility. "They are a critical piece of safety gear," said Podlich. "What will boaters do if they are unreliable, and how will the US Coast Guard's new emergency search and rescue system that stands watch over 36,985 miles of coastline, Rescue 21, remain effective, since it relies on GPS?"
Boaters and other GPS users are urged to speak up now by going to to send their comments to the FCC and their members of Congress.
BoatUS is a member of the Coalition to Save Our GPS, which works to resolve this serious threat to the GPS system.
About BoatUS:
BoatUS - Boat Owners Association of The United States - is the nation's leading advocate for recreational boaters providing over half a million members with government representation, programs and money-saving services.  For membership information visit or call 800-395-2628.
©2011, Boat Owners Association of The United States All Rights Reserved

The state of Minnesota is taking a strong defense against the transfer of aquatic invasive species into other water bodies----and rightfully so.
 The threat of spreading these harmful plants and animals to another lake or stream is every angler's personal responsibility.
To avoid similar regulations (see below) in Ohio, angler's should take preventative measures when traveling with boats or bait between water bodies, and urge their angling friends to do the same.

The regulations you read below are LAWS in Minnesota; yes, you can be fined for not following the regulations listed below. 

The following news item was obtained from: Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers:

AM 1240 WJON RADIO, St. Paul, Minnesota
ST. PAUL  (AP) With the fishing season opener coming up Saturday, Minnesota is urging boaters to ‘pull the plug’ on aquatic invasive species.

Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr says boaters and anglers need take personal responsibility to prevent the further spread of aquatic invasives such as zebra mussels, Eurasian watermilfoil and spiny waterfleas.

Minnesota State law requires boaters to:

-Remove visible aquatic plants and zebra mussels from boats and trailers before leaving a water access;

-Drain water from boats, livewells and bilges by removing drain plugs and opening other drains before leaving;

-Drain bait containers when leaving any infested waters.

The Minnesota DNR points out that some invasives are small and hard to see. It recommends cleaning boats and trailers with high-pressure sprayers using hot water, or drying boats and equipment at least five days

Ohio anglers should take heed and adopt these preventative practices.

Dave Kelch, Ohio Sea Grant Extension Specialist, Ohio Sea Grant Program

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife invites
anglers to see to take a new online angler survey.

Please take a few minutes to visit the link and fill out the survey.  This information is very important in making improvements to Ohio's sport fishery based upon your input.
There is also space provided for your comments, so if you have concerns/ideas, here's your opportunity to be heard.

Dave Kelch, Ohio Sea Grant Extension Specialist, Ohio Sea Grant College Program

The following update was received today from Roger Knight, Lake Erie Fisheries Program Administrator, ODNR, Division of Wildlife:

 ·        The kill appears to be in the 1,000s of fish based on public reports and DNR field inspections (boat, aircraft).

·        The kill was primarily found from Davis Besse to the islands, suggesting it involved reef-spawning walleyes.

·        With a population of over 20 million fish, a few thousand deaths will not have a population impact

·        While it is an unusually high mortality event, it happened in the face of unusual spring weather during the spawning period when some fish die each year

·        We are on the backside of it … dying fish are not showing up in unusual numbers any longer

·        We are testing fish to see if a pathogen (like VHS) was involved, but we suspect that isn’t the case and fish viruses are not transmittable to humans 

·        The poor fishing in the Western Basin right now is not related to the kill; anglers are marking fish on sonar and healthy fish are being caught.

In short, the issues appear to be more aesthetic than biological from a fish population standpoint.  We will continue to monitor the situation and believe that the worst is behind us.  Weather is affecting the fishery more than any other factor right now and we expect to see improvements in both over the ensuing weeks.

Roger L. Knight

Lake Erie Fisheries Program Administrator

ODNR, Division of Wildlife

305 E. Shoreline Drive

Sandusky, OH 44870


419-625-6272 fax

Dave Kelch, Ohio Sea Grant Extension Specialist, Ohio Sea Grant College Program


Obama Asian Carp Summit at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium
From The Whitehouse News Bureau----April 21, 2011 10:49 AM

Obama Administration to Host Public Meeting on Asian Carp in Chicago, IL April 28, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. - White House Council on Environmental Quality Asian Carp Director John Goss will lead a public meeting of the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee (ACRCC) on Thursday, April 28, 2011, to discuss the proactive efforts of the Obama Administration and the Great Lakes states to prevent Asian carp from establishing a self-sustaining population in the Great Lakes. The meeting will feature updates by ACRCC members on actions underway as part of Asian Carp Control Strategy Framework, an unprecedented, multi-tiered strategy that includes monitoring; barrier construction; harvesting; enforcement; outreach; and research and development of long-term biological controls. The event also will include an opportunity for the public to comment and provide feedback on ACRCC efforts.

The ACRCC is led by the White House Council on Environmental Quality and includes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation and all eight Great Lakes states, as well as the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, and the City of Chicago.

WHO: John Goss, Asian Carp Director, White House Council on Environmental Quality
Members of the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee
WHAT: Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee Public Meeting and Media Availability

WHEN: Thursday, April 28, 2011
Public Meeting from 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM (CDT)
Media Availability from 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM (CDT)

WHERE: John G. Shedd Aquarium, South Entrance
Presidential Conference Room
1200 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Illinois

WATCH: The event will be webcast at
Conference number: PG7013611
Passcode: ASIAN CARP

LISTEN: (888) 603-8914

Dave Kelch, Ohio Sea Grant Extension Specialist, Ohio Sea Grant College Program


According to this year’s Ohio EPA Fish Consumption Advisory, the following updates have been issued for all of Lake Erie catch for 2011:

One meal every two months for common carp due to PCBs;

One meal per month for channel catfish, freshwater drum, lake trout, rock bass, smallmouth bass, steelhead trout, white bass, whitefish 18” and over, and white perch due to PCBs
One meal per month for brown bullhead due to mercury.   

Walleye and yellow perch remain in the one-meal-per-week category.

There are CURRENTLY no “do not eat” advisories for Lake Erie catch.

A statewide advisory remains in effect for one fish meal per week for all fish not otherwise listed in the advisory due to mercury still found in fish tissue samples.

 The EPA collects fish each year for testing.  Fish are tested for mercury and PCBs, and the advisory is based on the levels of these chemicals. Fish are collected every summer,  and test over the fall and winter months.

For more information, and for statewide information, visit the following:

Dave Kelch, Sea Grant Extension Specialist, Ohio Sea Grant College Program

 As if we don't have enough to worry about with the Asian carp crisis and stopping the transfer of aquatic nuisance species to other water bodies, we can now ask, 'What's Next'?

The Great Lakes Aquatic Non-Indigenous Species Information System (GLANSIS) has just released a new 'watch list' for potential Great Lakes aquatic invasive species, as a result of research conducted between 1998-2010.  These species have the potential for introduction through the vectors of ballast water, aquaculture, live food trade and bait.
Visit the site below for a full description and to view the list.

Dave Kelch, Ohio Sea Grant Extension Specialist, Ohio Sea Grant College Program

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