Here a Fish, There a Fish
One of the best parts of summer camp at Project Oceanology is seining for fish. Campers drag large nets through the water, pull them up to the beach, and investigate their catch! Last July, a group of students went seining at six locations along the Poquonnock River. They also measured the water chemistry at each location. As they travelled along the river, they were surprised to find that fish populations were very different in different locations.
Click here for a virtual tour of seining
locations along the Poquonnock River
In this online activity, you will use your scientific skills to help us figure out why the fish populations varied. In order to complete this activity, you will need some pieces of paper, and something to write with.
Basic Research Project:
How and why do individual fish populations change as we move along the estuary?
Choose one of the animals we caught in our seining project (or, select the one that was assigned to you by your teacher). Click the link, and follow the instructions to start your investigation!
Deep Dive Research Projects:
If you are looking for a challenge, be sure to try one or both of these additional research questions:
One way to look at the big picture in an ecosystem is to measure biodiversity. Use our full seining dataset to calculate biodiversity at each location, then analyze how biodiversity changes along the Poquonnock River.
As fish grow, their needs change! Use size data from multiple locations along the Poquonnock to study how these important fish might use the estuary differently at different sizes.
**Educators and/or homeschool parents: educator guides are available for all research projects.