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Navigating Climate Change: How Fishing is Adapting in the Northwoods

BySamantha Nguyen

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

In the Northwoods, outdoor recreation is a major economic driver, with fishing playing a critical role in this sector. The region is home to a diverse range of fish species in lakes and rivers. However, rising temperatures have been affecting fisheries in the area. Since 1950, temperatures 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 significantly.

Holly Embke, a research fish biologist with the USGS Midwest Climate Adaptation Science Center, has noticed 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 showed 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 them.

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 Nguyen

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