Tippets: BTT’s Conservation Work, Sewage Runs Through It, DNA Shows Population Density, Florida’s Black Tide, Health of the Yellowstone

March 9, 2016 By: Erin Block

  • In a recent piece on Forbes, Monte Burke highlights the conservation work of the Bonefish and Tarpon Trust. “The BTT punches well above its weight when it comes to impactful research and influence, pioneering and conducting groundbreaking research on these previously under-studied species that has lead directly to beneficial conservation measures.”
  • Read an on-the-ground account of the recent sewage spill into Montana’s Gallatin River, from Jess McGlothlin. “We’ve all seen rivers that look like this in the spring — water coming in from a dirty trib — but this is something else.” Via ChiWulff.
  • New research has shown that measuring quantities of fish DNA in seawater can reveal how many fish inhabit that environment. “This discovery could enable quicker and more effective surveys of fish distribution, and has potential applications in long-term monitoring,” say researchers. Via ScienceDaily.
  • After unusually large amounts of rain in January, a “black tide” of polluted water from Lake Okeechobee spilled into Florida’s Everglades and Florida Bay. Ross Purnell outlines what’s at stake for Florida’s fisheries, via Fly Fisherman.
  • A study on the cumulative effects of multiple uses along the Yellowstone River will be released in April. At a recent panel discussion about the health of the longest free-flowing river in the continental United States, Warren Kellogg, chair of the study’s technical advisory group, said “The basic premise is, rivers like to move. They don’t like to be held down — like many of us.” Via Billings Gazette.