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Red Snapper Review Confirms Structure Most Important

Red Snapper Review Confirms Structure Most Important

The heart of the red snapper fishery is the Gulf of Mexico and their populations have fluctuated throughout the decades. Efforts to manage the fishery and the popularity of the fish has resulted in a large volume of research dedicated to...
Invited Paper contributes to Food Chain Understanding

Invited Paper contributes to Food Chain Understanding

Fatty acids are essential to life, and almost every animal needs to get many of them from their diet. As such, they are great biomarkers to figure out who is eating whom in animal populations. In a new thematic issue released...
A Mother’s Diet Changes the Metabolism of Her Children

A Mother’s Diet Changes the Metabolism of Her Children

Scientists at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas, Texas have discovered that just like humans, the nutrients that are passed from a mother fish to her offspring can change the way her offspring develop and make a...
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If You Built It; Fish Will Come

If You Built It; Fish Will Come

Anglers know that oil and gas platforms mean fish, but a recent study investigated which types of platforms and water conditions were best for finding specific types of fish. Derek Bolser, a graduate student at the University of Texas Marine Science...
Extinction Risk to World’s Groupers Reassessed and Not Improved

Extinction Risk to World’s Groupers Reassessed and Not Improved

Groupers are among the highest valued reef fish, and a reassessment of all the grouper species around the world demonstrated that as much as 26% are threatened. In a recent paper published in Marine Policy, authors, including fisheries professor Dr. Brad...
Researchers Determine the Best Formula for Baby Flounder

Researchers Determine the Best Formula for Baby Flounder

Just like humans, baby flounder need nutrients and specifically omega-3 fatty acids to thrive after birth. Fisheries researchers at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas are working with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to understand what is...
Aransas Channel May be the Heart of Sportfish Populations

Aransas Channel May be the Heart of Sportfish Populations

The Texas State Aquarium is investing in fisheries research at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI) to help understand the fish use of shipping channels and passes. The Texas State Aquarium is collaborating with researchers to understand how, when, and...
Student Spotlight: Erin Reed

Student Spotlight: Erin Reed

Congratulations to our newest Master of Science, Erin Reed! We sat down with Erin recently to learn more about her research and how she hopes to create a long-lasting impact on fisheries science. Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Brad Erisman Research Area: Fisheries Ecology...
Piggy Perch on the Move

Piggy Perch on the Move

If you’re an angler, you may be intimately familiar with a piggy perch. These small, seemingly inconsequential fish are a highly sought-after bait for catching trout and redfish. Doctoral student Zhenxin Hou measures a piggy perch. The fish will accompany several...
Holt’s New Book is a Resource for Raising Coral Reef Species

Holt’s New Book is a Resource for Raising Coral Reef Species

Dr. Joan Holt may have retired from research and teaching, but she sure hasn’t slowed down. In March, the professor emerita and her co-editors, Drs. Calado, Olivotto, and Oliver, saw the fruits of their labor come to pass when their book...
Reed Earns Scholarship

Reed Earns Scholarship

Erin Reed, a graduate student studying the spawning patterns of local fish, recently received a Harry Tennison Scholarship by the Sportsmen's Club of Fort Wort. Pictured here with Mike Morgan, Coastal Ecologist with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Courtesy photo.We’re...
2016 Seatrout Season Wrap-up

2016 Seatrout Season Wrap-up

Graduate student, Chris Biggs, collects a spotted seatrout to help determine their spawning habitats. Courtesy photo. Spotted seatrout, Cynoscion nebulosus, are among the most sought after fish by recreational anglers throughout the Gulf of Mexico. From April through September, seatrout congregate...
Student Spotlight: Matt Dzaugis

Student Spotlight: Matt Dzaugis

Congratulations to our new graduate, Matt Dzaugis! Matt just finished his master of science that helps us understand how climate can affect fish populations.  Matt Dzaugis just received his master of science in Dr. Bryan Black's laboratory. Courtesy photo.Matt Dzaugis Faculty...
In Search of Spawning Aggregations in the Sea of Cortez

In Search of Spawning Aggregations in the Sea of Cortez

Story courtesy of Dr. Andrew Johnson, The Gulf of California Marine Program at SCRIPPS Institution of Oceanography (SIO) University of California San DiegoAndrew Johnson, Alfredo Barroso, Brad Erisman, David Ivan Castro and Timothy Rowell pose for a photo following a long reef dive....
Unmanaged Fishing at Spawning Sites Put Species, Economies at Risk

Unmanaged Fishing at Spawning Sites Put Species, Economies at Risk

“David and Goliath.” David Castro is pictured with a spawning aggregation of Bigeye Trevally (Caranax sexfasciatus) in Cabo National Park, Mexico. Credit: Octavio Aburto, ILCP. PORT ARANSAS, Texas — Countries worldwide may soon see mass species loss and challenges for local...
Scientists, NOAA and Anglers Team-Up

Scientists, NOAA and Anglers Team-Up

Many species of fish in the Gulf of Mexico like this goliath grouper come together and form dense aggregations to spawn. Scientists will begin to compile existing data on these aggregations to get a better understanding of the fisheries, which can...