Scientists restoring native fish species in Lake Ontario

Researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey’s laboratory in Cortland, N.Y. are restoring two of the major building blocks of Lake Ontario’s ecosystem.

Armed with a state of the art laboratory, scientists are working to bolster the number of native Atlantic salmon and bloater herring in the lake. The $2.1 million project, funded by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, is particularly significant because the USGS is restoring native fish populations at two different levels of the Lake Ontario food web.

The project will improve Lake Ontario’s ecosystem and create a fishery that strengthens the region’s tourism economy. Read more about this innovative project here.

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