|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 view blog about Bennett's Point Marine Lab click on ACE Basin NERR.
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.