Coastal Science Cafe: Lights! Camera! Fish?

Using Video to Improve Reef Fish Management


Greenville, NC -- (ReleaseWire) -- 11/01/2012 --Dr. Nate Bacheler, research fisheries biologist and coordinator of the SEFIS sampling program for NMFS, is leading our next discussion, Lights! Camera! Fish?: Using Video to Improve Reef Fish Management, at the next Coastal Science Cafe on November 5th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at McCurdy's Restaurant & Deck on Atlantic Beach, N.C.

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) created the Southeast Fishery-Independent Survey (SEFIS) in 2010 to supplement fishery-independent data collection efforts in the southeast US to improve fisheries management of reef fish species. SEFIS uses chevron fish traps with attached high-definition video cameras to index reef fish abundance. Dr. Nate Bacheler will describe the SEFIS program and show a number of high-definition videos.

Dr. Nate Bacheler's research focuses on the causes and consequences of changes in abundance of marine and estuarine fishes. His dissertation research focused on elucidating the movement patterns, habitat use, and mortality rates of North Carolina red drum using tagging and telemetry techniques. He is currently a research fisheries biologist and coordinator of the SEFIS sampling program for NMFS.

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