Sunday, November 15, 2009

"Lake Invaders: The Fight For Lake Huron" to Premier in GR

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"Lake Invaders: The Fight for Lake Huron," a documentary film produced by faculty and students at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, will have its premiere screening at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, at the Loosemore Auditorium in DeVos Center, located at 401 W. Fulton in Grand Rapids.

The film explores the threat invasive species have posed on Lake Huron, which has been invaded by more than 180 exotic species in the last century. Two years in the making, the film features Department of Natural Resources staff at the Alpena Fishery Research Station and the DNR research vessel Chinook.

Specialists from GVSU's Annis Water Resources Institute in Muskegon consulted on the project and spoke to students who filmed the documentary. The film, in part, traces the history of the Chinook research vessel, first launched in 1947 when Lake Huron was invaded by sea lamprey.

DNR staff at the Alpena research station has studied invasive species in the lake for more than 60 years, including sea lamprey, alewives, zebra mussels and round gobies.

Jim Johnson, DNR research biologist and manager of the Alpena Fishery Research Station, helped facilitate the filming of the documentary with his daughter, Laura Johnson, who recently graduated from GVSU and conceived the idea for the documentary. Johnson helped connect the students to the Lake Huron Technical Committee, a group of international biologists who share fishery and resource management responsibilities for Lake Huron. Johnson and staff at the research station also took the student film crew on the Chinook to show the work they do on Lake Huron.

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Chinese Lanterns said...

Is there a distinction between species which invade naturally and species which invade through the action of man? E.g. introduced, brought in on imports or escaped from captivity.

Sharkbytes said...

mm- Thanks for stopping by!

Lanterns- yes, very much. Most of the ones in the Great Lakes came in attached to ships that came from the ocean through the St. Lawrence Seaway. They are doing very bad things to native species.

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