EurekAlert: A new use for museum fish specimens

EurekAlert: A new use for museum fish specimens. “The discoloured fish that rest in glass jars in museums across the world are normally used by specialists as references to study the traits that identify certain species. But a new study proposes an additional use for such ‘samples.’ Published in the Journal of Applied Ichthyology, the paper suggests using such specimens to estimate the length-weight relationships of fish that are hard to find alive in their natural environment.”

Phys .org: Updated shark tagging atlas provides more than 50 years of tagging and recapture data

Phys .org: Updated shark tagging atlas provides more than 50 years of tagging and recapture data. “This new atlas updates an earlier version covering 1962 to 1993 and adds information on 22 species. Detailed profiles are provided for 14 shark species, including bull and tiger sharks and smooth dogfish. The updated data significantly extended their known ranges and movements.”

Panay News: Fisheries library goes digital, thousands of materials freely downloadable

Panay News: Fisheries library goes digital, thousands of materials freely downloadable. “THOUSANDS of fish farmer-friendly materials, journal articles, and books written by scientists and researchers of the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) are freely searchable and downloadable over the Internet through its digital library.”

The Standard: 22 new species on Hong Kong reefs

The Standard: 22 new species on Hong Kong reefs . “A local marine conservation group discovered at least 22 species of fish that are new to Hong Kong and launched the city’s very own comprehensive reef fish web portal yesterday. Bloom Association Hong Kong, along with a volunteer group of recreational scuba divers, spent more than 2,900 hours underwater and recorded nearly 400 species of fish, including several that are threatened, since the project’s inception in 2014.”

Scale force: citizen scientists reel in data on salmon and sea trout (The Irish Times)

The Irish Times: Scale force: citizen scientists reel in data on salmon and sea trout. “The Minister of State with responsibility for inland fisheries, Seán Canney, is seeking assistance from anglers to become citizen scientists for the National Salmon Scale Project. The initiative aims to collect information through scales from salmon and sea trout which will contribute to the conservation of wild salmon stocks.”

TechCrunch: Researchers are putting fish into augmented reality tanks

TechCrunch: Researchers are putting fish into augmented reality tanks. “Researchers at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, while testing the ‘station keeping’ functions of the glass knifefish, have created an augmented reality system that tricks the animal’s electric sensing organs in real time. The fish keeps itself hidden by moving inside of its various holes/homes and the researchers wanted to understand what kind of autonomous sensing functions it used to keep itself safe.”

A “Facebook for Fish”: Public, Scientists to Benefit from Freshwater Information Network’s Interactive Database of Native Species (Tennessee Aquarium)

Tennessee Aquarium: A “Facebook for Fish”: Public, Scientists to Benefit from Freshwater Information Network’s Interactive Database of Native Species. “With the launch of the Freshwater Information Network (FIN), the Aquarium aims to help Southeasterners get to know the aquatic animals in their own neighborhood a little better. FIN is a searchable database of scientific records, based on museum specimens as well as fish photos taken by citizens and scientists for more than 400 native fish species. Partners at the iCube at Tennessee Technological University helped create a website where users can search by specific address, watershed or species. With a few clicks, anyone can discover which fish have been found in more than 75 watersheds spanning eight states.”