Navigation Links
Lake Michigan fish populations threatened by decline of tiny creature
Date:2/21/2009

The quick decline of a tiny shrimp-like species, known scientifically as Diporeia, is related to the aggressive population growth of non-native quagga mussels in the Great Lakes, say NOAA scientists. As invasive mussel numbers increase, food sources for Diporeia and many aquatic species have steadily and unilaterally declined.

A recent research study from NOAA's Great Lakes Environmental Laboratory published this week in Freshwater Biology documents the recent decline of Diporeia and the explosive growth of quagga mussels in Lake Michigan. Over the past five years quagga mussels have displaced native Diporeia as the dominant bottom dwelling organism, leading to a major disruption in the lake's food web.

"Quagga mussels have displaced other more energy-rich food sources and leave fish and other aquatic species with fewer food options," said Tom Nalepa, NOAA research biologist. "The invasive mussels are low in calories and their shell has no nutritional value. Fish feeding on quagga mussels expend considerable energy crushing and passing the indigestible shell."

Scientists at the NOAA Great Lakes lab project that impacts on fish populations will continue and become more pronounced as quagga mussels further spread to all depths occupied by the dwindling Diporeia. It is estimated that the mass of quagga mussels in the lake is now about four times the mass of all prey fish.

In Lake Michigan, declines in Diporeia masses were first observed in the early 1990s soon after the discovery of invasive mussels in the Great Lakes. By 2005, lake populations of the tiny shrimp decreased 96 percent in the 10-year period of the study, with further observations indicating recovery of Diporeia improbable once it has disappeared.


'/>"/>

Contact: Davina Quarterman
dquarterman@wiley.com
Wiley-Blackwell
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1

Related biology news :

1. Michigan Tech researchers link 11 genetic variations to type 2 diabetes
2. A study proposes a new universal rule to explain the equilibrium of plant populations
3. A study proposes a new universal rule to explain the equilibrium of plant populations
4. A genetic identity card for Plasmodium populations to improve control strategies
5. Fish farms drive wild salmon populations toward extinction
6. Climate influence on deep sea populations
7. UBC scientist invokes future generations to save tuna populations from collapse
8. The song doesnt remain the same in fragmented bird populations
9. Technique traces origins of disease genes in mixed human populations
10. Restoring fish populations leads to tough choice for Great Lakes Gulls
11. Stowers Institute researchers identify gene linked to vertebral defects in patient populations
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/22/2017)... Calif. , March 21, 2017 ... analytics company serving law enforcement agencies, announced today the ... as director of public safety business development. ... diversified law enforcement experience, including a focus on the ... In his most recent position, Mr. Sheridan served as ...
(Date:3/9/2017)... , Australia , March 9, ... study data at the prestigious World Lung Imaging Workshop ... Andreas Fouras , was invited to deliver the ... pulmonary medicine. This globally recognised event brings together leaders ... share the latest developments in lung imaging. ...
(Date:3/2/2017)... March 2, 2017 Summary This report ... and its partnering interests and activities since 2010. ... Read the full ... Alliance since 2010 report provides an in-depth insight into the ... companies. On demand company reports are prepared upon ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:3/23/2017)... March 23, 2017  Northwest Biotherapeutics (OTCQB: NWBO) ... immune therapies for solid tumor cancers, today announced ... financing it announced last Friday, March 17, 2017. ... institutional investors securities totaling 28,843,692 shares, comprised of ... 10,000,000 shares of Class C Warrants pre-funded at ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... , March 23, 2017 Kineta, ... development of novel therapies in immuno-oncology, today announced ... lead" small molecule compounds that activate interferon response ... pathways and demonstrate immune-mediated tumor regression in a ... the study who demonstrated complete tumor regression to ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... , ... March 23, 2017 , ... ... solutions, today announced the hire of Dr. Sigmund “Sig” Floyd as Vice President ... strategic partnerships and joint development activities. , “Dr. Floyd’s career has spanned 30 ...
(Date:3/22/2017)... , March 22, 2017 Good Start ... it has eclipsed the 130 million covered lives mark ... Shield of Texas . With newly ... Company continues to enjoy strong payor acceptance based on ... clinical programs and genetic counseling, its industry-leading customer care ...
Breaking Biology Technology: