Hurricane effects on fish…Revisited

by Troy Farmer, guest writer Given the active Atlantic hurricane season of 2017, now seems like an appropriate time to revisit a topic previously covered by the Fisheries Blog: hurricane effects on fish. Hurricanes impact our society in numerous ways, as many along the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf Coasts are currently experiencing. Given the destructive…

Happy BOFFFF Day!

While mama fish may not have the same maternal instincts of our own dear mums, they do their part to sustain fish populations, particularly BOFFFFs. “What is a BOFFFF?” might you ask…A Big Old Fat Fecund Female Fish.

Yellow Perch and the hypoxia Goldilocks zone

It may seem obvious that suffocation is not good, but determining a fish’s tolerance for low oxygen is increasingly important as hypoxia increases worldwide. Hypoxia (low dissolved oxygen concentrations) occurs naturally—it develops in the hot summers and cold winters beneath ice in small lakes and ponds. Hypoxia can also occur as a result of human…

Spawning in strange waters: how hybridization affects native fishes

By Ed Kluender, guest blogger Hybrid creatures are one of the most common tropes of both goofy and great horror movies (think The Fly or countless werewolf movies), and plenty of them are at least half fish – Creature, Piranhaconda, and the Sharktopus franchise. Most of those films have a pretty shaky basis in reality,…

Stormy Forecast for NOAA Budget

By Guest Author Erica Felins, 2017 Knauss Sea Grant Executive Fellow…On Friday night, the Trump Administration released a memo to the Washington Post that shed light on what the future federal budget might look like.

Bring Out Your Dead: Donation of fish carcasses supports community

Guest Author: Henry Hershey Editor: Patrick Cooney Open up the chest freezer at a fish biology  lab and you will find a frosty collection of funky smelling specimens: maybe an old green sunfish that did not quite break the state record, or a tote full of rotten walleye from an old gillnet survey. To a…

Black Bass Diversity and Conservation: The Challenge Continues

Guest writer: Andrew Taylor Editor: Patrick Cooney I. The Species Question In a recent article, The Fisheries Blog asked the question: How many black bass (genus Micropterus) species are there? As it turned out, the article demonstrated that the answer is quite complicated. That previous post highlighted the nine species that the majority of black…

Fish of the People: Summit Lake Lahontan Cutthroat Trout

by Guest Author, Erin Loury Amid snow-capped peaks in a remote stretch of sagebrush-covered Nevada desert sits Summit Lake, a watery refuge for the stunning and threatened Lahontan Cutthroat Trout. Thought to be the largest growing inland trout in North America, Lahontan Cutthroat can reach 50 inches and 40 pounds, though stories from mining boom…

Black Bass: How many species are there?

  Guest Author: Tim Bonvechio; Editor: Patrick Cooney Black bass are the most popular freshwater sportfish in the USA.  Their popularity as a sportfish has expanded their distribution from North America to around the world through human introductions.  While Largemouth Bass and Smallmouth Bass are arguably the most widely known and dispersed black bass species, there is…