I had another awesome week (aside from a bit of seasickness) of studying the stress response and short-term discard mortality of these beautiful fish, windowpane flounder. Flounder are often caught as bycatch (untargeted species) in the commercial scallop fishery. I measure their stress levels, caused by capture and handling, via radioimmunoassay of cortisol (stress hormone) extracted from blood. I also hold flounder in on-board tanks to observe their survival within 72 hours of capture. Studies such as this one are essential for the proper management of bycatch species.
Another day another lobster picture🌊
I've had an awesome summer collecting blood samples to analyze the stress response of Sea Raven and Longhorn Sculpin caught as bycatch in the commercial lobster fishery. I am now starting to acoustic tag these species to determine their delayed mortality after they are released. I'm also starting to write my first potential publication on this research. Can you tell how happy I am?