Investigating Bonefish Spawning Aggregations
The Fisheries Conservation Foundation has partnered with several organizations in The Bahamas to identify bonefish spawning aggregation sites. We are currently focusing our efforts on the island of Eleuthera. Working out of the Cape Eleuthera Institute, Georgiana Burruss (a graduate student at Michigan State University) is leading the study to track bonefish populations across Eleuthera to identify these aggregation sites and critical spawning habitat for this economically important species.
The team… (Read More)
Where Do Bonefish Go to Spawn?
Bonefish do not spawn just anywhere. Certain locations provide the conditions for better survival of offspring than others. Our research efforts over the past two years have successfully documented when and where adult bonefish go to spawn around Grand Bahama Island (GBI).
Highlights from our analysis so far includes:
We detected only three pre-spawning aggregation sites, with many fish going there multiple times during the study (late October 2014 – early… (Read More)
Mahaseer Research and Conservation in Bhutan
The Mahaseer Conservation Project, a joint effort with World Wildlife Fund Bhutan and Bhutan’s Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, is making great strides in understanding Golden Mahaseer migrations, including where they overwinter, where are theirpossible spawning locations, and where these fish go during the monsoon season.
The first research expedition occurred in March–April of 2015, and since then there have been six field expeditions to tag fish and download data from… (Read More)
Little Tennessee River NFCA
The Little Tennessee River Basin was designated as a Native Fish Conservation Area on October 14, 2015, thanks to the work of several partners, which include FCF, North Carolina Trout Unlimited, Nature Conservancy of North Carolina, North Carolina Wildlife Federation, and North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. The Little Tennessee River Basin stretches from north Georgia, across the western counties of North Carolina, and into Tennessee. It has long been recognized… (Read More)
How to Hold a Bass
The “How to Hold a Bass” Campaign, which tested whether different handling techniques influence the jaw function of released Florida Bass, has now been completed. The campaign was run through the RocketHub crowdfunding site and was a collaboration with the Florida Bass Conservation Center and the Allen Lab in the Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Program at the University of Florida.
The experiment consisted of handling 30 fish in each of three… (Read More)
Getting Schooled on Bonefish Basics
What are the facts about bonefish? Bonefish scientists Karen Murchie and Liz Wallace have a new infograph, Bonefish 101, that gives you all the details. If you are an avid bonefish angler, or just someone who loves those big expansive flats and appreciates these amazing fish, these are the bonefacts for you! Download the Bonefish 101 infographic here.… (Read More)
Mangrove Book Published
With the continual destruction of mangrove forests worldwide, research into their importance to fish populations by providing habitat connectivity, nursery grounds and trophic function has been rapidly expanding and is increasingly at the focus of many coastal conservation issues. Based on papers and extended abstracts presented at the 2nd International Symposium on Mangroves as Fish Habitat held in Mazatlan, Mexico in April 2014, this timely book provides an updated look… (Read More)
Black Bass Diversity Book
The book Black Bass Diversity: Multidisciplinary Science for Conservation has been released. The Fisheries Conservation Foundation was a sponsor of the symposium that resulted in this book.
The opening chapters profile the nine currently recognized species of Micropterus and describe their unique conservation needs. Later chapters are dedicated to presenting new findings pertaining to life history, movement, habitat use, and disease, as well as the influences of human dimensions.
Some of the topics… (Read More)