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Anglers can help fishery managers by taking yellow perch they catch this year in Lake Erie to be scanned for microchips at one of seven stations along the coast.

A collaborative project among the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife, U.S. Geological Survey, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and Ohio Sea Grant aims to study fish behavior, migration, population size and the rate of death by natural causes using data the public’s scanning efforts will provide.

“This research will help fisheries biologists better understand movement patterns of yellow perch, which in turn will assist agencies to better manage the yellow perch fishery,” said Patrick Kocovsky, a fishery biologist with the USGS Lake Erie Biological Station.

Researchers at The Ohio State University are studying how well fish can see both prey and predators underwater, and how that ability is influenced by changes in water clarity. They hope that the research will help Lake Erie fisheries adapt to algal blooms that reduce underwater visibility, which is important to visual hunters such as walleye.

Dr. Suzanne Grey

Fish tend to follow a rotating stripe pattern that can be set up around a round tank in the lab. This allows researchers to study how well fish can see in various water conditions - no movement means the water is too murky for them.

"We wanted to integrate this really basic science - visual physiology - with the people who are out there catching the fish," said Dr. Suzanne Gray, lead researcher on the Ohio Sea Grant funded project. "Walleye fishing in Ohio is close to a $1.8 billion industry, and walleye are going to be influenced in some way by changes to the visual environment that happen with the algal blooms in the late summer and fall."

With the 2016 Olympic events at a close, it was the women who rose up to show the world on the largest competitive stage that they are confident leaders in the shooting realm – winning the only three medals collected by Team USA shooting.

Nineteen-year-old Ginny Thrasher made history as she became the youngest to ever win the first gold medal of the Games during the Women’s 10-meter Air Rifle event. Kim Rhode, famed shotgun Skeet shooter, went on to add to her legacy by earning her sixth consecutive Olympic medal to become the first woman ever to do so along with being the first competitor, man or woman, to earn medals on five different continents. And Corey Cogdell-Unrein came home with her second bronze medal in Women’s Trap during her third Olympic showing.

Coming in second during Camp Perry’s 30 Shot Bench League behind Oak Harbor’s Kathy Tribble was Joyce Edwards, 65, of Marblehead, who fired a score of 296-21x,

“I had never shot a gun until about 11 months ago,” Edwards admitted. That was when she discovered the air range at Camp Perry. “I didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t know if it was going to be easy or hard. I thought the rifle was going to have a kick to it, and it doesn’t.””

After visiting the range with her husband, Phil, and firing a few shots downrange, she was hooked. She credits CMP staff members, like Kent Floro and Jackie Slosnerick, for helping her through the complexities of air rifle, such as sight picture, breathing and other marksmanship essentials.

A group of 15 residents from Lucas and Ottawa counties, including two topless women, were in front of Genoa City Hall Tuesday and Wednesday to promote the decriminalization of marijuana.

The two topless women, who were body painted, were drawing negative commentary from local residents on social media, but they were also getting honks from drivers heading down Main Street. Many were not honking for the topless women, but the cause.

A group calling itself “632 Loves You” is seeking signatures for a petition that would reduce sentencing and fines for individuals caught with small amounts of marijuana.

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