Title: Shortjaw Cisco Urn/ covered jar
Descriptive info: Midrange porcelain, wheel thrown, carved, painted with underglaze, fired in a soda kiln and then china painted. Information about species listed below.
Size: 7 x 7 x 9.5
Shipping cost: $45.00
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11. SHORTJAW CISCO
The shortjaw cisco a North-American freshwater whitefish in the salmon family. It was once a common chub species in Lakes Huron, Michigan, and Superior, but populations were extirpated in Lakes Huron and Michigan and greatly reduced in Lake Superior largely as a result of commercial overharvest. Populations in the Great Lakes have been declining and it is no longer present in Lakes Michigan, Huron, and Erie. It feeds mainly on crustaceans and insect larvae and spawns in the autumn on the lake bed. It is part of the important cisco (chub) fishery in the Great Lakes. The International Union for Conservation of Nature has rated its conservation status as "vulnerable" though it is not listed with the United States Fish & Wildlife as endangered or threatened.
The decline of the species in Lake Superior during the 20th Century, coupled with its extirpation in the lower Great Lakes, should be viewed with alarm. The species is vulnerable to excessive food harvest, habitat degradation, and impact by introduced exotic species throughout its range. Low numbers of shortjaw cisco remain in Lake Superior, which suggests that the potential for recovery is good. However, recovery is unlikely to occur or to be sustained if protection is not afforded. Population levels of shortjaw cisco and other chubs should be monitored systematically throughout Lake Superior to determine population trends and population structure. The passing of the Clean Water Act in 1972 has radically helped clean up the waters in the great lakes and New York State. Supporting environmental legislation is key to a healthy environment.