Moose Country Minute – September 16 2017

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Some things can’t help but grab your attention when you spend a great deal of your time thinking about fishing.

Think like a fish, you are told.

Well, that depends, doesn’t it?

There was a story the other day that researchers studying fish in the Niagara River have found that human anti-depressant medications are building up in the fishes’ brains.

They found concentrations of human drugs like Zoloft and Prozac—drugs which have spiked in the United States—and they are now worried about the effect it will have on fish.

Can’t say as I blame them?

As someone who has been treated for mild depression in the past, let me tell you it is no easy science to figure out which drug will help, and which one will send you into a spin.

What do fish know about depression?

According to researchers out of the University of Buffalo, fish that have been tested with traceable amounts of anti-depressants included 10 species of fish — like walleye, small- and largemouth bass, perch and steelhead.

Rock bass had the highest concentration, which is kind of obvious since they tend to eat suck through their gills anything and everything in front of them.

Seems the drugs got into the water through human urine that was not totally treated at water filtration plants focused on killing off bacteria.

Between 2000 and 2014, however, the percentage of Americans being treated for depression rose 65%.

And that was before Donald Trump was elected president.

Imagine what the percentage is now?

 

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