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Re: Blue Pike


Can you take some pictures next time you collect a blue pike. From what I
understand the eyers on the Blue Pike are/were much larger than on any
other pike species......

On Fri, 4 Sep 1998 16:42:59 -0400 "Allan Faust" <afaust at lsq_nwb.qc.ca>
>I'd like to put my 2 cents worth in here.....  There are a couple of 
>in my area where blue walleye can be caught...... whether or not they 
>blue pike.... that could be another story..... but the lakes where 
>occur are 1. up to 200-300 ft deep (and some huge fish show up on the 
>at that depth.... but never caught one of whatever it is at that 
>depth). 2.
>Everywhere the blue walleye is caught, NO yellow walleye is found, 
>There is even one lake/river system separated into 3 parts by 
>rapids. One section, pink walleye, another section, yellow walleye, 
>and the
>third section, blue walleye..... and guess where the deepest section 
>yep... where the blue walleye are.
>I hope that if DNA samples become available, that they become 
>available to
>check the fish up here.....
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Ellasoma at aol_com <Ellasoma at aol_com>
>To: NFC at actwin_com <NFC at actwin_com>; schmi178 at tc_umn.edu
><schmi178 at tc_umn.edu>; tayers at bridge_com <tayers at bridge_com>
>Date: Friday, September 04, 1998 2:46 PM
>Subject: (no subject)
>>Science turns to DNA to help in pike comeback
>>Associated Press
>>Biologists say they've mapped out a plan to restock two Great Lakes 
>with a
>>species of fish thought to have died out more than 20 years ago.
>>Fisheries experts from the United States and Canada want to restore 
>>plentiful blue pike by isolating DNA from what they believe is a rare
>>caught in 1989.
>>They hope to match the DNA to what are thought to be other scarce 
>blue pike
>>still living in lakes in Minnesota and Canada, then reintroduce 
>>identified fish into Lakes Erie and Ontario.
>>In what could prove to be the strangest breakthrough, DNA specialist 
>>Burnham-Curtis hopes to cull genes from mucus on blue pike scales 
>filed in
>>envelopes half a century ago by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
>>Blue pike flourished in Lake Erie at the turn of the century, 
>becoming a
>>favorite of anglers until overfishing pushed them to the brink of
>>in the 1970s.
>>Until now, scientists have had no way to positively determine whether 
>>colored pike is a true blue pike or simply a blue-pigmented yellow 
>>Dieter Busch, who heads the Lower Great Lakes Fishery Resources 
>Office in
>>Amherst, N.Y.
>>He said the scientific world might have acted prematurely when it 
>>blue pike extinct in 1975, before DNA testing had been developed.
>>His team must prove that blue pike still exist before it can proceed 
>with a
>>restocking program.
>>The blue pike and yellow pike are both part of the perch family, but 
>>prefer much deeper water -- 60 feet or more -- than yellow pike and 
>feed on
>>different prey.
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Robert Rice
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