Presentation on changes in St. Lawrence bass populations Wednesday in Potsdam
Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 5:20 pm

POTSDAM -- As part of the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Northeast Regional event, Clarkson University will host John M. Farrell on Wednesday, June 19 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Student Center Forum on campus, where he will deliver his presentation, “Changes in St. Lawrence River Bass Populations and Ecology Following Multiple Perturbations: A Story of Trade-offs.”

Farrell is the director of the Thousand Islands Biological Station and is the Roosevelt Wildlife Station Scientist in Residence at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

“How bass and other fish respond to the changing environment is an important question regarding the quality of fisheries and a healthy aquatic environment,” Farrell said. “At the Thousand Islands Biological Station, St. Lawrence River fish populations are being monitored to better understand population dynamics and quality of fisheries. Recent ecological perturbations, including invasive species introductions, have had profound effects on native fish populations and their habitats. This presentation will highlight long-term monitoring data and recent study findings to review these effects. How to manage these fisheries in a changing environment will be discussed.”

The presentation is part of the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Northeast Regional event competition June 19 to 21 based at Whittaker Park on the St. Lawrence River in Waddington. As many as 500 college anglers are expected to compete.

Also speaking will be Clarkson University Jean Newell Professor of Engineering Thomas Holsen, who will present “Top Predator Fish: Are they Safe to Eat?”

Holsen is a long-time leader in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes Fish Monitoring and Surveillance Program: Expanding the Boundaries.

“Fish, biota, and water are analyzed for contaminants to assess temporal trends in organic contaminants and mercury, using fish as biomonitors,” Holsen said. “Through projects like this, we have a much clearer picture of the health of the Great Lakes ecosystem and how human activity is impacting the world we live and eat in every day.”

The session is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be provided.