- Associated Press - Sunday, May 25, 2014
Watching cisco for clues to fishery health

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin and Minnesota scientists are studying a little-known and vulnerable fish whose disappearance could mean smaller musky, pike and walleye in the states’ inland lakes.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is three years into its first comprehensive study of the cisco, a slender white fish that scientists say is an important food for other fish and may serve as an early warning of problems in fisheries.

“Cisco are a key component to how a lot of lakes operate,” said John Lyons, a DNR fisheries scientist on the study.


Lyons and two other Wisconsin scientists have chosen nearly 200 public and private lakes with good cisco habitat. They’re trying to measure the abundance of the fish in Wisconsin’s lakes where sometimes the only evidence comes from old photos, rumors or inadvertent catches from unrelated studies.

They’ve never focused solely on cisco, which some anglers call lake herring or tullibee. Results from the study will become a foundation scientists will use as they assess which fish are at risk of disappearing.

“We think the cisco is going to be one of the most vulnerable lake fish to climate change,” Lyons said.

Scientists elsewhere in the region have over the last decade focused on the fish they say many younger anglers either don’t know about or don’t care about.

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Group seeks photos of fallen Wis. Vietnam soldiers

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - More than 1,000 photos of Wisconsinites have been collected for a memorial in Washington D.C. showing the faces of those who died in the Vietnam War.

The Wisconsin State Journal Reports (http://bit.ly/TL95y7http://bit.ly/TL95y7 ) the photos will be part of an education center built in 2016 near the Vietnam Wall.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is collecting photos of the over 58,000 service members featured on the memorial, including more than 1,200 from Wisconsin.

Two statewide media organizations, the Wisconsin Newspaper Association and Wisconsin Public Broadcasting are managing separate efforts to track down the 230 photos still needed.

The WNA began participating in the project in April. Andrew Johnson, publisher of the Dodge County Pionier in Mayville, has managed to cover 75 names on the list.

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