Every two weeks two of our biology team members will be working with a wonderful fellow ‘gary’. Gary works for odfw and does bay seining with his cool little boat. This process ia aimilar to ours in which little fish are caught, measured and released. His research concludes with a number that tells us how many salmon are moving into the ocean and what their population estimates are. Thank you gary and coos watershed for even more amazing experiences!
During our second week, the Biology crew has began working on some of our own individual research projects. To save money we built a fyke net from scratch. Here are a few pictures of our projects in progress. Also you will see attached photos that show a little more about our field research. We pull out a sein net to capture our little fishy friends and then start our PIT tagging process. PIT stands for passive integrated transponder. It is a tiny microchip that allows us to track the fish using strategically placed antennas that record information on their migratory patterns. Without this awesome concept we would not have any idea of where the fish travel throughout their young lives. We also weigh, take measurements and genetic samples of each little salmon we catch
Our first exciting week of our internship involved many hours of wonderful classwork studies and quite a load field research.
Here are some photos from our first week. You can see our hard working teacher supervising and the rest of our biology team working on our seining projects. A more in-depth description of our projects will be updated in the coming days.