Just as salmon are indicator and keystone species for the health of watersheds draining to the Pacific Ocean, eel are indicators and keystones for Atlantic watersheds. American Eel are native to most major freshwater systems from the St. Lawrence River (and even farther north) … [Read more...] about American Eels in the Lake Champlain Basin
Lake Champlain has been recently troubled by the parasitic sea lamprey. These creatures prey on fish in the lake weakening and killing them. A method of sea lamprey control has been devised to attempt to curtail the numbers being effected. In recent years these lamprey have … [Read more...] about Upcoming Sea Lamprey Control Treatment
There is some debate about the origins of the sea lamprey in Lake Champlain. Some call them invasive species, but recently there have been discoveries that may point to this disliked species being more local than previously thought. Invasive species are plants or animals that … [Read more...] about Are Lampreys an Invasive Species?
The sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus) is one of four lamprey species found in the Lake Champlain Basin out of 31 species found world-wide. According to some, the sea lamprey species is proving to be a problematic presence in Lake Champlain. What is a Lamprey? Lampreys are … [Read more...] about Lake Champlain Lamprey Problem