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…

American Fisheries Society – #SundayFishSketch Edition

Recently, the American Fisheries Society (AFS) had their annual meeting. This year’s conference was held in Baltimore, MD, home of the garbage eating trash wheels, cleaning up Baltimore’s waterways. The AFS reached out to me and the #SundayFishSketch and asked if our artists would sketch and call attention to fishes of the Chesapeake or mid-Atlantic…

Fishing waste: a potential new source of biodegradable plastic

By: Dana Sackett, PhD The prestigious James Dyson Award is given to a university student each year for an invention that helps solve a widespread problem.  Lucy Hughes, the 2019 winner of this award, may have outdone herself by potentially solving not one but two global issues with her innovative design.  She proposed using the…