How Shrimp Changed the Food Web at Flathead Lake

My recent article at NewWest.net delves into the ripple effect caused by the introduction of nonnative opossum shrimp into Montana’s pristine Flathead Lake, back in the 1960s and 70s.

The proliferation of the shrimp set off a chain of events, resulting in an explosion in the lake trout population, extirpation of kokanee salmon, and an increase in the lake’s algal productivity.

It’s an interesting example of the delicacy and inter-relatedness of a very complex food web system. You can read about it here.

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