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The Lighter Side of Fish Abuse

I was just scanning the paragraphs of The Toledo Blade when I came on this comment:

"How long are we, the people, going to allow FirstEnergy to abuse our fish - our fish - and our water?" asked Oregon resident Frank Bihn

I had to laugh because it seemed a little overboard (although many would write on this board that the time spent on pit bull dogs is probably overboard). But I got a laugh out of this when some of the images came unbidden to my mind; they were some that could only have come from the writers of Blazing Saddles: Reverand Johnson: "Now I don't have to tell you good folks what's been happening in our beloved little town. Sheriff murdered, crops burned, stores looted, people stampeded, and cattle raped. The time has come to act, and act fast. I'm leaving."

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If a large corporation were killing dogs, guess that would have been ok by the double standard we have about animal abuse. The biggest difference is, humans raise the dogs and there will be a never-ending supply as long as ,oney can be made from puppies, but the Lake Erie fish raise themselves. Where are the new ones going to come from when they are all gone?

posted by nana on Apr 23, 2010 at 12:23:15 pm     #  

$100 million for a cooling tower will raise our electrical bills some, too. I have to admit that the death of these fish remove a large source of food from the mouths of other aquatic life-forms. I do not know if people could vote on the cooling tower whether they would. No one wants to pay taxes for schools. Why would they want to pay higher bills to save fish.

posted by oldsendbrdy on Apr 23, 2010 at 12:27:43 pm     #  

Frank Bihn must be related to Sandy Bihn, who alaways goes overboard with her causes.
These new louvers they put in should reduce the fish kill at the intake. IF forced to build a $100 million tower, you can definitely foresee a rate increase to be passed along.

I'll stick with dead fish for $ 200 Mr. Trebek

posted by Hoops on Apr 23, 2010 at 01:03:24 pm     #  

"Bay Shore's powerful water intake is believed to be responsible for the deaths of as many as 60 million fish a year, 46 million adults and 14 million juveniles."

I'm sorry but that is tragic. Think of all the wasted tax dollars used to keep our fishery at the top of its class.

posted by transcom on Apr 23, 2010 at 03:44:37 pm     #  

If they know that that many fish are being "murdered" why can't they retrieve the dead fish and give them to the homeless?

Get someone else to bake some bread - it would be a Festivus miracle!

posted by michael43551 on Apr 23, 2010 at 05:13:12 pm     #  

Frank has been a sport fisherman all his life. What he intended I'm sure, is abuse of the fish resource. If you go to the Bihn's house for a get together the menu will include perch or walleye or both. LOL,, Frank loves fish , but like me, only when well cooked and on my plate.

The idea here that a company like first energy can pass off the expense of this is laughable. I certainly hope that isn't allowed. They have devastated the fishery here for 55 years without being fined one cent. Walleye populations are down to and estimated 20 million from 80 million.

The cost of cooling towers and screening devices should be on their stockholders, not via a rate increase, and they should pay into a Maumee Bay fishery trust for the economic devastation they have caused for half a century. If not for the Bihn's , this wouldn't be getting fixed.

posted by prime3end on Apr 25, 2010 at 07:28:32 pm     #  

Something really huge that Frank pointed out that most others in the movement had simply not thought about:

1..The fish come in to spawn, are first hit with the thermal shock of the Bayshore outflow which is ten degrees warmer than the water it take in, this causes some of them to die, others to simply drop their eggs in much less than ideal area compared to the river.

2..Right after that, the fish have to pass the water intake channel, which makes the city water intake's volume look like a thimble full of water. This kills millions more fish.

3. The adult fish spawn upriver , then they return past the intake and outflow so millions more of them can be killed.

4. The hatchlings are taken down river to the same intake water canal and are 100% killed by the high volume pumps,, of those that by luck don't get taken into the intake channel, they can still get killed off easily as they pass the shock of the thermal outflow.

So again, my thanks to Frank, he did a good job. Bayshore power plant is the biggest fish resource waster on all the Great Lakes. GLRI and Brookings Institute have given a study and cost benefit analysis that shows restoring the Great Lakes would grant a 50 Billion dollar economic benefit to the Coastal areas on the lakes. If F.E. dares to look past their next quarters numbers they would see that they have an opportunity in such a scenario to sell more electricity in a regional tide that floats all boats.

posted by prime3end on Apr 25, 2010 at 08:47:41 pm     #  

If companies pollute the environment, they should have a fund that specifically cleans up the mess they made.

posted by gemini on Apr 26, 2010 at 10:07:49 pm     #  

Yes indeed, just like the Ludington power plant has to finance a fishery trust. This needs to go to court ASAP, and F.E. needs to be held accountable for the economic damage they have done for half a century. In this incredibly important fishery, they should be made to install cooling towers, nets, screens, everything, and as you mentioned Gemini, made to pay into a Western Lake Erie trust for the half century of devastating the fishery.

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