The 7 Wonderful Pikes, Pickerels, and Muskies of the World!

Guest Author: Sasha Doss Editor: Patrick Cooney Artist: Hannah Dean White Sox, Red Sox, Esox.  People obsess more about one of these three “sox” than the other two.  Only fisherpeople will know which one prevails. Studying Muskellunge has been such a wonderful experience. Many of my days over the past few years as a graduate…

Fish or Treat: 6 Halloween Inspired Fish

Illustrated by Hannah Dean; Written by Patrick Cooney In October of last year we brought you fish that inspired scary Halloween costumes.  This year we bring you a new gang of ghastly fish with Halloween inspired names.   Vampire Fish Vampire fish have massive 6 inch fangs used to impale fish.  Although vampire fish have a Transylvania inspired…

Why are fish cold blooded?

A pretty simple question, right? But the answer may be a bit more complicated than you think. First, we have to specify what exactly it means to be “cold blooded” with a few definitions. We’ll start with the terms, endothermic and ectothermic. I’m sure you’ve got these down pat, as they probably were drilled into…

Finding Fish in Faith

Fish are economically, socially, and ecologically important across the globe. Consequently, it’s not surprising that they figure predominately in many of the world’s major religions.

5 Ways Mountaintop Removal affects Streams

It’s not hard for everyday citizens to take a position on mountaintop coal mining. The web is scattered with nasty before-and-after photos of mine sites and gripping narratives of environmental degradation. But sometimes it can be tough to hear the science over the screaming. After all, few of us spend time digging through scientific literature…

Strange Spawning: interesting reproductive fish facts exposed

by Brandon Peoples We’ve written indirectly about some strange spawning here on The Fisheries Blog…like how Nemo was a hermaphrodite who would have mated with his female dad …or how bluehead chubs want to spawn so bad, they’ll carry rocks twice the size of their head to build massive reproductive pyramids…or even how salmon travel…

Fracking Harms Fish Through the Halliburton Loophole

(Credit: Gasland)     Before we begin to grasp the impacts of Fracking on fish, let’s take a quick look at an energy boom that swept the continent and world more than a century ago that presented similar challenges.    Like a scene in a cheesy 80’s movie, my family pushed south on Interstate 5 on our annual journey through California’s Central Valley…