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Tippets: Great Lakes and Oil Pipelines, Farmed and Wild Salmon Interbreeding, Goldfish Invasion

Posted on October 05 2016

  • A new film, “Great Lakes, Bad Lines,” tells the story of two Michigan natives and their quest to raise awareness of the dangers Enbridge Oil’s Line 5 poses to the Great Lakes and inland waters of Michigan. “Through the lens of adventure, personal stories, and natural beauty, this film highlights the ecosystems and livelihoods that are at risk.”
  • A recent study by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans has confirmed escaped farmed salmon are interbreeding with wild salmon in many rivers in Newfoundland. “We have seen already in Newfoundland the entire south coast salmon populations have been assessed as threatened and aquaculture has been named as one of the threats to those populations,” says Steve Sutton of the Atlantic Salmon Federation. “We’ve seen those populations decline and now we are finally starting to see the mechanism around those reductions.” Via CBC News.
  • Steph Yin reports on a goldfish invasion of the Vasse River in Australia. “Goldfish are one of the world’s worst invasive aquatic species, with outbreaks also having been reported in Nevada, Colorado and Alberta, Canada,” writes Yin. Read more on how discarded household pets become harmful pests via The New York Times.

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