What happened to smelting?

The fish not the iron ore

smeltWhen I was younger, there were so many smelt that you could park yourself on a small stream leading to the Bay and gather in bucket loads of completely edible smelt. Smelt fry eatings were everywhere. Now? Not so much. What happened? It’s complicated.

Many factors converge to bring those populations down: smelt’s non-native beginnings, other invasive species’ affects on established species and competition up and down the food chain. It is difficult to pinpoint exactly the cause of smelt decline.  News-Review


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