Field and Lab Work

Red Drum Collection

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Corbin Bennetts conducts Red Drum field sampling for his research efforts towards completion of a Master’s degree under the mentorship of Dr. Leaf at USM. More information about his research efforts with Red Drum can be found here.

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Processing and Ageing Atlantic Chub Mackerel

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Taylor Daley removes gonads from Atlantic Chub Mackerel for her research efforts towards completion of a Master's degree under the mentorship of Dr. Leaf at USM. More information about her research efforts with Atlantic Chub Mackerel can be found here.

 

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Ashley and Kasea are part of the team of technicians who assisted Taylor with some of her sample processing, including histology sample collection.

 

Mackerel ageing

Taylor conducted Atlantic Chub Mackerel age determination using otolith ageing techniques with the aid of light microscopy

 

Processing and Ageing Gulf Menhaden

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Gulf Menhaden processing begins with data collection for length and weight of individuals. More information about this research effort can be found here.

 

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During processing of Gulf Menhaden, a minimum of ten scales and both sagittal otoliths are removed for ageing purposes. A tutorial video for removal of Gulf Menhaden ageing structures can be found here.

 

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Gulf Menhaden otoliths are aged using compound light microscopy and state of the art imaging software.