Angling for Accuracy

Growing up between the 1980’s and early 2000’s meant at least some influence of the flourishing industry of video games on some aspect of your life. Whether it was a trip to the arcade with friends or waiting for the newest gaming system or that long-awaited game release, the gaming industry has had a far-reaching…

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…

Repeat spawner series: The Values of a Species

By: Dana Sackett According to some scientists the earth is undergoing the sixth mass extinction crisis in the last half-billion years.  Some have described this current crisis as the largest loss of plants and animals since the dinosaurs 65 million years ago.  With so much loss it is hard to understand how these extinctions are…

O-fish-al Art Recap

This week on the Fisheries Blog we are once again recapping some of the themes and art from the #SundayFishSketch on Twitter. If you aren’t already familiar, this hashtag invites people around the world to practice their art by sketching different fishes. Each week there is a non-mandatory fishy theme, and below we will highlight…

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. Over the last few months there have been a handful of holidays, and events that were celebrated in a fishy and artistic way. So, please read on for sketches of fishes pertaining to Father’s…

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…

Biomarkers of pollution: an early warning system

By: Dana Sackett, PhD The harm caused by toxic pollutants starts by changing the internal chemistry of an organism (chemicals in living organisms are called biochemicals).  These initial changes can cascade over time, causing damage at the cellular, tissue, organ, individual, population, and ultimately ecosystem levels.  Because pollutant-driven biochemical alterations precede larger population and ecosystem…

A Compilation of Historical Fish Art From the Last Quincentenary

The world is full of old historical artworks of fishes. Many times, these works are extremely detailed, created for identification for future users or for documentation and description of new species. Other times, these works can be very fanciful, renditions of what a particular fish may have looked like while alive, although no person at…

Escargot: Cambodian Style!

Throughout Cambodia, hundreds of tons of snails are sold in markets every year. Our mission was to chat with our fisher friends about the impacts of the invasive snails on their livelihoods and document how they were sold, eaten, and perceived by locals.

Indigo Canyon Scramble

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

O-fish-al Art Recap

Welcome back, readers, to another recap of the #SundayFishSketch on Twitter. Where you get to experience highlights of the fantastic fish art being regularly posted. Don’t forget, if you are inclined to join in, but aren’t confident in your artistic skills, don’t worry! The #SundaFishSketch community is open, welcoming, and all about practicing art by…