PennFuture: New National Wildlife Federation report on freshwater fisheries impacted by climate change signals sea change for anglers, calls for accountability

Aug 27, 2013, 11:18 ET from PennFuture

HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Every year, a warming world puts more pressure on fish that are already stressed by pollution, disease and poor land use practices. In Pennsylvania, climate change threatens our state fish, the brook trout, which has already been eliminated from 34 percent of its former range, while smallmouth bass have experienced massive die-offs in nearly 100 miles of the middle Susquehanna River.

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A Telephone Press Conference hosted by PennFuture on Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 11 a.m. EDT will unveil a new National Wildlife Federation report covering this phenomena and supporting the Environmental Protection Agency's efforts to reduce carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants, our largest polluters and the source of nearly 80 percent of energy-related carbon emissions in the U.S. Recreation is a $21 billion a year business in the Keystone State, with anglers contributing more than their fair share. Collectively, we must support efforts to safeguard wildlife and their habitat, and this report provides a timely blueprint.

Release of Swimming Upstream: Freshwater Fish in a Warming World

Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 11 a.m. EDT

Dial in: 1-800-791-2345, conference code 24522#

Douglas B. Inkley, Ph.D., senior scientist, National Wildlife Federation
Ken Undercoffer, past president, Pa. Council of Trout Unlimited
Steve Sywensky, owner, Fly Fishers Paradise, State College, Pa.
Ed Perry, Pennsylvania outreach coordinator, National Wildlife Federation

Contact: Elaine Labalme, Communications Manager
(412) 996-4112

SOURCE PennFuture