Tiny Fish Casts Big Shadow over Health of Niagara River, Sean Bennett, Buffalo News

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Minnows swim against a controlled water current mimicking the velocity of the Niagara River in an engineered hydraulic flume on the University at Buffalo’s North Campus. UB is testing the swimming strength of the emerald shiner minnow, a critical keystone species in the Niagara River.

Researchers see signs of trouble for the native fish. In 2014, they could find the native fish in plentiful numbers in the Niagara River. But last year, the shiners’ numbers fell by nearly 75 percent.

Published May 19, 2016

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