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What is a Goby?

Round Goby Round gobies are an extremely prolific forage fish present in all of the Great Lakes. This exotic species was accidently introduced to the Great Lakes system by way of ocean-going freighters' ballast water. As freighters travel from the Black and Caspian Seas to the Great Lakes, they are forced to discharge of their ballast waters due to the shallow depths of Lake Erie and St. Clair. When doing so, all the organisms and fish that were drawn into the ballast water are forced out. Today, such ballast discharges are better regulated to prevent the movement of exotics.

It's estimated that the round goby was introduced in the Great Lakes system around 1990. All species of predator fish, including bass, walleye, muskies and large trout shifted a portion of their feeding habits to include gobies, with the most noted transition occurring in smallmouth bass. By 2005, biologists confirmed what fishermen already knew: up to 90% of the diet of smallmouth bass in Lake Erie is comprised of gobies. Today, fishermen for all major Great Lakes species are seeing noted shifts in their quarry's habits. Walleye, lake trout and pike fishermen are catching goby-eating fish.

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