From MidCoast Watershed Council
Pacific Lamprey: This 450 million year old species faces tough challenges
Join us in welcoming Dr. Laurie Weitkamp, whose presentation will cover the current outlook regarding Pacific Lamprey.
Dr. Laurie Weitkamp, a research fisheries biologist for NOAA Fisheries’ NW Fisheries Science Center, who usually studies the ecology and conservation of salmon, will talk about these ancient creatures. Lampreys, an eel-shaped fish, use their toothed, sucking mouth to migrate upstream to spawn and like salmon, spend time in both fresh water and the ocean. But about half their 10 year lifespan is spent in the beds of our streams, where they are sensitive to some of the same water quality and habitat problems affecting salmon; dams, even with fish ladders, also create serious passage barriers as well. While once an important food source for native Americans throughout the region, they are now thought to be endangered, though their status is only now being studied and remedial work undertaken to recover them.
Dr. Weitkamp has been a Research Fisheries Biologist at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center, NOAA Fisheries since 1992. Her marine research has focused on estuarine and nearshore studies. She is the guest of the Mid-Coast Watershed on August 7th at 6:30 pm at the Lincoln PUD community room (located at 2129 North Coast Highway in Newport, across the highway from Safeway). The public is welcome to attend and refreshments provided.
MidCoast Watersheds Council is a Newport-based nonprofit organization dedicated to restoration and protection of watersheds in the central coast area, in the context of healthy local communities. The Council provides a forum to the community for discussion of issues related to economic and environmental health. The Council also has an extensive program of natural resource education.