January 23, 2019
(The M/Y Albula at dusk – the view from the tracking boat as it begins an overnight track of bonefish moving offshore to spawn. Photo: Dr. Aaron Adams)
During this bonefish spawning season in the Bahamas (late October – early April), a team of scientists from Bonefish & Tarpon Trust and Florida Atlantic University Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute completed two cruises to the Bahamas aboard the M/Y Albula. The trips were sponsored by the Fisheries Research Foundation.
The goals of these research cruises are to: identify bonefish pre-spawning sites; track bonefish offshore to determine spawning locations and depth of spawning; link pre-spawning sites to bonefish home ranges; understand bonefish reproductive physiology; understand larval behavior and diet. The first two cruises of the season have resulted in exciting new information.
A full report will appear in the upcoming Spring 2019 Bonefish & Tarpon Journal, but we’re too excited about the research not to share some of the highlights through the photos below.
The information we are gaining on these cruises will be used to:
We have two more cruises scheduled for this spawning season, so stay tuned for more reports. And be sure to pick up the new Journal in March to read the full story.
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