Rare orange smallmouth bass caught in Michigan

No, that’s not a goldfish! It’s a smallmouth bass (Micropterus dolomieu) with a pigment mutation called xanthism. Xanthism is one of a suite of pigment mutations that affect lots of different animals. Others include melanism, leucism, and albinism. The coloration of a fish is determined by a few different kinds of cells, and certain mutations…

What Is Marine Pharmacology?

In a world plagued by novel illnesses, the discovery and development of novel pharmaceuticals to treat them is becoming increasingly urgent. Coincidentally, a lot of people have become skeptical about the efficacy and ingredients of those treatments. What may surprise you is that there are lots of fascinating pharmaceuticals that are sourced directly from the…

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…

“Fall” fish

As the Harvest Moon wanes, a new season gathers steam, and grocery stores across the country struggle to keep up with the insatiable crowds of pumpkin spice fiends and Halloween-ers. For many, Autumn’s onset floods us with nostalgia, and cozy memories. We wrap each other up in fleece and take our children apple picking. We…

Movie Review: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011)

Yes, there is a movie starring “A” list actors about fisheries biology. Yes, you should definitely watch it. The film (based on the novel by Paul Torday) is about a very serious fisheries biologist (Ewan McGregor) in London who is hired out of the blue by a consulting agent (Emily Blunt) to help a Yemeni…

Angling in a Pandemic: Aquatic Education during COVID-19

Will Mundhenke, SCDNR Editor: Hank Hershey In February 2020, after stints with the National Park Service and South Carolina State Museum, I applied for a position with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, as a Fisheries Technician with the Aquatic Education division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. I made the leap from my comfortable…

Indigo Canyon Scramble

Light reading: a short piece of prose celebrating the splendor of spring in the Alabama Piedmont region.

Do Fish Ladders Work?

How do we know that fishways are working? Fishways are being designed and modified to accommodate more and more fish species. However, a major holdup towards making additional progress has been a lack of consensus on how fishways should be evaluated for successful passage of fish.

Native Fish Coalition Founds Alabama Chapter, Reaching Beyond Salmonids

The Native Fish Coalition’s mission is to protect, preserve, and restore wild native fish populations through stewardship of the fish and their habitats. Founded in 2017, the group is largely made up of fly fishing and conservation enthusiasts from the Northeast US. They’ve dedicated their work to the memory of Dr. Robert J. Behnke, a…

Once in a Blue Moon: How Does the Moon Affect Fish Behavior?

The next time a blue moon will occur on Halloween won’t be until 2077, so if you missed it this weekend… well. Too bad. A blue moon is the second of two full moons that occur in the same month. It’s a rare astronomical event, thus the expression, but it is part of our solar…

When the going gets tough

…the tough plan ahead. Field biologists are often faced with grueling work in unforgiving conditions. Being responsible for planning that work can be daunting, especially for new grad students or crew leads who may not have as much leadership experience. The following article was written by Eli Lamb, who is a second year grad student,…