- Associated Press - Monday, May 30, 2016

STOCKBRIDGE, Mich. (AP) - After months of work, students from the Lansing area are crossing the state with a high-tech tool this week to watch an effort to stop sea lampreys, which are a scourge of the Great Lakes.

A group of Stockbridge High School students was one of 14 teams to get money from Massachusetts Institute of Technology to pursue technology-based solutions to problems.

The group will be at the St. Clair River in southeastern Michigan, starting Tuesday, while a granular pesticide is applied to kill lamprey larvae. Teacher Robert Richards told the Lansing State Journal (https://on.lsj.com/1WZVyRz ) that the Stockbridge students will have 16 cameras in the area.

They’ve been working on the cameras all year. Information gathered by the students will be shared with the Great Lakes Fishery Commission.

“The cameras are basically to watch the reaction of the larval sea lamprey, just to make sure everything’s working out the way the scientists planned it to work,” Richards said.

Sea lampreys, which look like eels, suck blood and other fluid from fish. They can kill up to 40 pounds of fish over 12 to 18 months. One female can produce as many as 100,000 eggs, the commission said.

Stockbridge students have taken robots with underwater cameras to the South Pacific to search for World War II relics and have explored Lake Huron shipwrecks, the State Journal reported.


Information from: Lansing State Journal, https://www.lansingstatejournal.com

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