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A teenage girl holds up her tiny catch, Loma, Nebraska.

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A northern pike in Big Bird Lake near the town of Cross Lake, MN.

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A northern pike cought in Big Bird Lake near the town of Cross Lake, MN.

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Critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered Cumberlandian combshell (Epioblasma brevidens). It has lures that look like fish eggs on top that are used to attract fish. When a fish strikes at the lures, the mussels then eject their larvae into the fish’s gills and are able to increase their distribution, even upstream. The Clinch River has more federally listed aquatic species than any river in North America, yet is threatened by pollution and habitat loss. Coal mining in the watershed now raises the threat even more.

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Critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered Cumberlandian combshell (Epioblasma brevidens). It has lures that look like fish eggs on top that are used to attract fish. When a fish strikes at the lures, the mussels then eject their larvae into the fish’s gills and are able to increase their distribution, even upstream. The Clinch River has more federally listed aquatic species than any river in North America, yet it is threatened by pollution and habitat loss. Coal mining in the watershed now raises the threat even more.

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An endangered Higgins eye pearly mussel (Lampsilis higginsii) at the Genoa National Fish Hatchery, Genoa, Wisconsin.

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A fat mucket mussel (Lampsilis siliquoidea) displays a fish-like lure used to attract fish hosts for its young. This is one of 44 species of freshwater mussels still found in the upper Mississippi River near Prairie du Chien, WI.

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A fat mucket mussel (Lampsilis siliquoidea) displays a fish-like lure used to attract fish hosts for its young. This is one of 44 species of freshwater mussels still found in the upper Mississippi River near Prairie du Chien, WI.

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A fat mucket mussel (Lampsilis siliquoidea) displays a fish-like lure used to attract fish hosts for its young. This is one of 44 species of freshwater mussels still found in the upper Mississippi River near Prairie du Chien, WI.

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A monitor displays the results of a lure test at a fishing lure research facility in Spirit Lake, IA.

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Workers at a fish lure testing lab in Spirit Lake Iowa drops scented cotton balls into a tank for a “fish taste-test.”

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Workers at a fish lure testing lab in Spirit Lake Iowa drops scented cotton balls into a tank for a “fish taste-test.”

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Workers at a fish lure testing lab in Spirit Lake Iowa drops scented cotton balls into a tank for a “fish taste-test.”

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Workers at a fish lure testing lab in Spirit Lake Iowa drops scented cotton balls into a tank for a “fish taste-test.”

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