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…

Hutton Junior Fisheries Program: I’m Hooked!

The Hutton Internship program has been monumental in my pursuit of biology! I really appreciate the fisheries and aquatic experiences and opportunities gained this summer and the connections I have made with so many wonderful people.

O-fish-al Art Recap

This month on the #SundayFishSketch art recap we are highlighting three galvanizing #FishyThemes that inspired sketches, paintings, and drawings a variety of unique fish species. Continue reading for select posts from a range of #SundayFishSketch artists. #MOVIEFLOUNDERS For this first theme I asked our community to sketch fishes seen in movies. These fish could be…

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…

United States of Fish

Impress your friends and family at your next cookout with facts about the officially-designated state/province fish of Canada and the U.S.

O-fish-al Art Recap

There’s a myriad of reasons that fishes are beloved by people. Whether you’re an angler, a naturalist, or an aquarist, the love of fish brings people together. The #SundayFishSketch on Twitter brings together fish enthusiasts through art. A weekly prompt to get the creative juices flowing, the paintbrushes wetted, and the pencils sharpened. Below I…

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…