I’m Just a Bill: The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act and You

If you hang out in fisheries or wildlife circles, you’ve likely seen or heard talk about something called the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act. Perhaps you’ve wondered to yourself “That sounds good, but what’s it all about?” Here’s a quick guide to the basics of the Act – also referred to as “RAWA” – and what…

Fishing in the deep: A dive into deep-sea fisheries

Most of the things I post about on the Fisheries Blog are associated with art or fun fish facts. My scientific research on deep-sea fishes isn’t inherently ‘fisheries’ related as I study the systematics (evolution) of deep-sea fish groups. That being said, as someone who grew up in the midwest, I have had multiple experiences…

How toxic is the water: using biology to determine water toxicity

By: Dana Sackett, PhD How toxic is the water? That is a question many have asked themselves when trying to understand the impact of all the pollutants from industry, land and road run-off, and wastewater, mixing in an ecosystem. However, as we discussed previously (see here), there is no technique or instrument that can test…

O-fish-al Art Recap

The #SundayFishSketch is a Twitter hashtag that encourages like-minded individuals to incorporate art and fish into their weekly lives. It is a great community to join for beginning sketchers and is also a way for seasoned artists to continue to practice. Many of the #SundayFishSketch themes can be fun getaways from your current life while…

O-fish-al Art Recap

As always, the Fisheries Blog O-fish-al Art Recap highlights the themes, the artists, and the art of the #SundayFishSketch on Twitter. Our artists continue to post amazing illustrations associated with different holidays and events. Continue reading for information and sketches of fishes pertaining to Valentine’s Day, the Super Bowl, and more. #FishyReproduction A tried and…

Review: “Braiding Sweetgrass” by Robin Wall Kimmerer

This book was gifted to me at the end of 2020 and I’ve been incorporating lessons from it into every aspect of my life, from hunting and fishing to the way I conduct my dissertation research. In “Braiding Sweetgrass”, Kimmerer weaves personal stories into lessons about how we can incorporate an ancient worldview into our…

The dirty depths: how connected are we to the deep ocean?

By: Dana Sackett, Ph.D. The deep sea is the largest and one of the most unique habitats on the planet. Once thought to be pristine and out of reach to human impacts, studies on the deep ocean have recently proven the opposite. This remote yet surprisingly diverse ecosystem is turning out to be more interconnected…

Repeat Spawners: High Sierra Trout Stocking

Starting the year 2022, many of us a looking back on simpler and easier times. The last couple years have been hard on us all, and those of us here at the Fisheries Blog hope you have a better year moving forward. We wanted to take a look back at the first fisheries blog post,…