Alexis Maple, Fisheries Biologist
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Posted on June 28, 2013 | Permalink
Region: Chesapeake Bay
Location: Tidal Tributaries
The Fisheries Habitat and Ecosystem Project (FHEP) have completed its fry seining for juvenile yellow perch in the Potomac, Upper Bay, and Eastern shore tributaries. Fry seines were used to determine if yellow perch juveniles were present/absent in tidal tributaries. The presence/absence data collected during fry seining is compared to the larval yellow perch sampling data collected earlier in the spring. Yellow perch juveniles were observed in several tributaries throughout the Chesapeake Bay and Potomac River, as well as several other juvenile species (Black crappie, Am. Eel, Bluefish, Atlantic menhaden, Atlantic croaker, Alewife, Spot, Largemouth bass, Longnose gar, Atlantic needlefish, White perch, and American shad).
The FHEP staff will begin their Estuarine Fish Community Sampling Study the second week of July and will be evaluating nursery and adult habitat of recreationally important finfish using beach seines and otter trawls in tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay to see how development impacts the habitat of finfish.
To find out more about the Yellow Perch larval projects mentioned above and other projects FHEP conducts check out the FHEP website on the MD DNR Fisheries Services webpage or click the following link http://www.dnr.maryland.gov/fisheries/fhep/index.asp.