As if Atlantic salmon weren’t having enough trouble already, now alien monsters are ambushing them as they migrate! A group of scientists in France published a paper last week demonstrating that the European catfish (Siluris glanis), also known as the Wels catfish, have developed a new strategy to take advantage of their prey (Boulêtreau et al. 2018). Continue reading “Move over fluffy, Atlantic salmon are a tasty treat for a new type of cat”
This past Saturday was the third World Fish Migration Day. With over 550 events occurring across 63 countries, it has turned into a global phenomenon! The event is beginning to feel like Christmas for me, but it only happens every other year. I took the opportunity to explore a local event with my family on one of the first nice weekends we’ve had this year. Continue reading “World Fish Migration Day at the Plymouth Herring Run Festival”
If you’re interested in learning more about diadromous species in your region try checking out the list of events happening for World Fish Migration Day on April 21, 2018. Make sure to check the dates carefully as there are events going on now through May.
Personally, I’ll be taking my family to the Plymouth Herring Run Festival for a fun day with a little history and some fish biology. Plymouth is doing an amazing job restoring the herring run to Town Brook with the help of NOAA and other partners. River herring once played a huge part in the lives of native Americans and early settlers until dams prevented them from reaching spawning habitat. There are many similar projects going on across New England to help restore the alewives and blueback herring, but Plymouth is giving us a chance to see the impacts of 20 years of restoration efforts.