|Big net used for juvenile gag grouper monitoring|
|Witham Collector marked as off limits to the public|
The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources is a partner in the Ingress study and I was able to ride along with two DNR staffers in search of the small gag grouper. We visited the North Inlet - Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NI-WB NERR) via a classic Boston Whaler that has now been converted for research efforts. A large dip net seemed counter intuitive for scooping up tiny grouper, but then I came to find out the the entire collection device must be scooped via the net so that any other tiny species might also be caught and documented.
|Kayla Spry and Amy Dukes work up the data|
|No marine species is too little for this lab|
To learn more bout the SCDNR gag grouper studies click here.
For past blog entries click on Fly Fishing at Hobcaw Barony and Shorebirds at Yawkey Preserve.