How can you help migratory fish? Think global, act local.

Together we can make sure that stories of amazing migratory freshwater species are being told, through newspapers, social media and television. Together we can make sure that policymakers see the urgency AND the potential of all the positive energy of people who are ready to restore.

O-fish-al Art Recap

With long days in isolation that seem to blend together, there is no better time than now to join the #SundayFishSketch. If you are hesitant to draw and post fishes on Twitter because of inexperience or self consciousness, rest assured that our community is very supportive. Also, be sure to check out the ‘How to…

“These are a few of my favorite things” while quarantined

By: Dr. Dana Sackett As we all face a global pandemic together, we can each do our part in these uncertain times by following the guidance of our amazing scientists at the World Health Organization and Center for Disease Control (I strongly encourage everyone to read over their guidelines).  Their guidance includes telling everyone that…

Branding: painful burn or helpful marketing skill?

“Learn how to market yourself.”  Millennials have been beaten over the head with this order since a fairly young age. In a competitive world, knowing what makes you competitive is just as important as being competitive. Being smart, talented, or accomplished may not be worth anything if the gatekeepers never notice. Some argue that having…

Welcome to the known world!

By: Dana Sackett Each year brings new discoveries of organisms we had no idea we shared the Earth with.  Some of these discoveries, particularly those in the aquatic environment (though I may be a bit bias), can leave people scratching their heads in wonder.  In 2001, an international project called the All Species Inventory was…

Repeat Spawner Series: More Minnow Misconceptions

Minnows are far more diverse than we often give them credit for, and scientists are constantly describing new members on their branch of the family tree. In this Repeat Spawner Series entry, Dr. Brandon Peoples explains the a big revision to the North American minnow family tree…

Opinion: “Natural Literacy” in Fisheries

I’ve spent this winter paying attention. I’m learning the names of the birds in the bamboo grove behind my office, where the spotted salamanders hide, where the white-tail deer scrape the ground, where the oyster mushrooms grow. I grew up in almost-urban New Jersey, and my “natural literacy” began and ended with cardinal, blue jay,…

How to Draw a Fish: Fins and all

With the start of 2020 many people are thinking of new-years resolutions, some may even want to try their hand at the #SundayFishSketch but feel trepidation about their artistic abilities. Well, there is no time like the present begin a resolution to start drawing and the Fisheries Blog is here to help you begin the…

Pesticide resistance: its not just for bugs anymore

By: Dana Sackett When a specific trait about an animal makes it more likely to survive and produce offspring, that trait will get passed on to the next generation becoming more frequent in successive generations than those traits that do not help individuals survive and reproduce. For example, if being able to swim away from…

The Day It Rained Eels

I was recently researching diadromous fish in Alabama, and came across a freaky old story about a a seemingly mythical incident near Birmingham. I did some digging, and found a newspaper article from 1892 that might just have an ounce of truth to it… It Rained Strange Eels New York Sun May 29th, 1892, p….

Mascot Mayhem and the O-fish-al Art Recap

In addition to amazing fish art and celebrating an anniversary, last month the #SundayFishSketch hosted a fishy mascot competition. In this post we will review some of the October themes and have our readers vote for the ‘best fish mascot.’ Some of the themes this month include the start of the fourth year of the…