Category Archives: Science

Raised Voices

We all drive, walk and bike over countless bridges each day, but we seldom think about the noise we’re creating for the ecosystem below us.  New research published in the April issue of Behavioral Ecology examines how fish are reacting … more

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“Your Inner Fish”

An upcoming three-part series takes a new look at human evolution to reveal how the human body is connected to ancient fish.  “Your Inner Fish” is hosted by paleontologist Neil H. Shubin, who helped discover the Tiktaalik, a species that … more

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“All About Feathers”

Evolved for warmth, flight and weatherproofing, feathers are used by anglers for their movement, flotation and liveliness. Understanding the anatomy of feathers and their biological purpose can help in design at the tying desk, so take some time to check … more

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New Research Suggests Waders, Boots May Not Be Responsible for Didymo Outbreaks

A new study published in the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences suggests that didymo diatoms may already be present in most waters, and that climate change, not human transport, is the primary factor in “rock snot” outbreaks. According to study leader … more

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Super Fly Muscles

Scientists at the University of Texas at Dallas have designed artificial muscles using fishing line, by twisting and coiling monofilament.  The imitation muscles have proved to be able to lift more than 100 times the weight of a human muscle of … more

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Saber-Toothed Salmon

During the Miocene to Pliocene eras in the Pacific Northwest, a salmon measuring over 6.5 feet long swam the waters. Recent scans of a saber-toothed salmon skull found near Madras, Oregon are featured in an online gallery of The Museum of … more

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Inner Art of Fish

A new exhibit at the Seattle Aquarium depicts the inner beauty of fish, featuring bleached and stained skeletons, and revealing the complex structures under fish scales.  “Cleared: the Art of Science” is the result of teamwork between poet Sierra Nelson … more

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New Sculpin Species Discovered in the West

A new fish was discovered this week in mountain rivers of Idaho and Montana. The new species of freshwater sculpin, characterized by a distinctive large head, has been named the cedar sculpin. “It tells you how much we still don’t know … more

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Hatchery vs. Wild Steelhead Lateral Line Systems

A new report in the journal PLOS One explores the hypothesis that hatchery fish might exhibit morphological defects in their sensory systems, and once released from the hatchery experience reduced survival rates. Read more about the research findings and their … more

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Arapaima Rediscovered

Shaking up conventional belief and previous observations, Donald Stewart, a fisheries professor at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), has published his research findings in a recent issue of the journal Copeia, describing sub-species of the arapaima, … more

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