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Community Makes York River Fish Study a Success

Posted by | June 15, 2017 | Filed under: Observations
Blair Morrison, a research intern at the reserve, takes the measure of an alewife.
Blair Morrison, a research intern at the reserve, takes the measure of an alewife.

Thank you to everyone who helped out during our 10-week effort to document the fish using the York River this spring. We got more done because of you.

For help on the river, we thank:

  • Mike Masi and his York High School marine biology honors students
  • AmeriCorps Moose 5 team
  • Kristin Underwood from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Reserve interns Liam Dougherty, Blair Morrison, and Bri DeGone

And for logistical support, we thank:

  • York Land Trust for help and accommodations
  • George and Janie Gendron and Jeffrey Rudman for support and parking access

Spring 2017 Survey Findings

Between April 3 and June 7, we caught 3,759 fish of 21 species. Among them were a variety of killifish, stickleback, and sunfish species, plus sea robin, grubby sculpin, American eel, white sucker, winter flounder, Atlantic silverside, alewife, common shiner, brook trout, white perch, yellow perch, Atlantic tomcod, rainbow smelt, and striped bass.

Our full report will be submitted to the York River Wild and Scenic Study Committee by this fall. Here are a few of the species we caught and how many of each.

Rainbow Smelt: 1,242
Rainbow Smelt: 1,242
Killifish: 1,204
Killifish (mummichog and banded killifish): 1,204
Alewife: 670
Alewife: 670
Sunfish (pumpkinseed and bluegill): 63
Sunfish (pumpkinseed and bluegill): 63
American Eel: 63
American Eel: 63
Common Shiner: 46
Common Shiner: 46
Brook Trout: 18
Brook Trout: 18
Yellow Perch: 11
Yellow Perch: 11
Winter Flounder: 5
Winter Flounder: 5
Striped Bass: 4
Striped Bass: 4
Grubby Sculpin: 4
Grubby Sculpin: 4
Atlantic Tomcod: 1
Atlantic Tomcod: 1

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