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Fish in Trouble: How Climate Change is Impacting Inland Fisheries in the Northwoods Region

BySamantha Nguyen

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

The Northwoods region is known for its strong outdoor recreation industry, with fishing playing a crucial role in this sector. Lakes and rivers in the area are home to a diverse range of fish species, including walleye, bluegill, bass and many others. However, changes in climate have been affecting the fish populations in the region.

Since 1950, temperatures in Wisconsin 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 in the area. Research fish biologist Holly Embke from the USGS Midwest Climate Adaptation Science Center has noted that we are already seeing changes in fish populations due to warming waters. Species like bluegill and bass are thriving, while cold water species like walleye are struggling.

Despite these challenges, Embke emphasizes that it’s not all negative news. She emphasizes the importance of understanding where fish populations are struggling and thriving and implementing habitat restoration strategies to support these populations. 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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