Lake Champlain Sea Grant workshop: Alewife and rainbow smelt interactions in Lake Champlain

On Friday, January 11, Lars Rudstam, Pat Sullivan, and Paul Simonin led a workshop focused on rainbow smelt and alewife dynamics in Lake Champlain. Rainbow smelt are native to this lake, but alewife became established over the past six years, raising many questions as to how the lake’s ecology and fisheries may subsequently change. A simulation model was used at the workshop which allowed participants to consider the effect of alewife on rainbow smelt, and how various biophysical changes in the lake may affect the future distribution and abundance of rainbow smelt and alewife in Champlain.

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