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Match The Hatch With An Underwater Fishing Camera

Have you ever wondered exactly what those baitfish that are showing up on your electronics really are? They could be so many different things, especially here in the North where we have complex forage bases. There are loads of possibilities: alewives, shad, shiners, perch and bluegills. Not to mention all those species of fish come in different sizes and have different profiles. Electronics can reveal a lot, but they can't provide a picture of what is actually going on down there like an underwater fishing camera. Knowing what the fish are keyed in on and the predominant forage around can be so important for getting more bites.

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York River Algae Imaged From Space

Last year, we covered a project led in part by scientists at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) who were using airborne data and measurements from the ground to learn more about a new type of algae proliferating in the York River. Alexandrium monilatum is its name and it’s known for having the ability to bioluminesce. Among the findings that researchers gleaned from that effort was the specific range at which airborne sensors can best measure the alga’s peak blooms, around 705 to 710 nanometers. But that find was made toward the end of the effort, and very little data was gathered on it. VIMS investigators just didn’t have enough access to hyperspectral sensors that could image the algae’s peak in 2015.

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Pike Spawning: Fish Adapt To Habitats And Help Offspring

A study of pike spawning near the Baltic Sea has found that the fish are able to locally adapt to habitats to help ensure the success of their offspring. Researchers at Linnaeus University made the find through a very carefully designed experiment, precise methods of which can be found in the open-access journal PLOS ONE . In a nutshell, scientists at Linnaeus captured members of two subpopulations of pike while they were migrating from the Baltic Sea to two different wetlands nearby to spawn. In one wetland, it features a hard bottom with flooded grassland and submersed vegetation. The other has a soft bottom with more suspended material and less submersed vegetation.

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