This year’s black gill research cruise was held on Thursday, October 19. This is the third year UGA Skidaway Institute scientist Marc Frischer has hosted this cruise, designed to both gather data for his ongoing research, but also to bring various stakeholders together on a common cause. We had beautiful weather and a greata cruise.
Chief Scientist Marc Frischer welcomes the science party aboard the cruise.
Launching the trawl net for the first 15-minute drag.
Sorting the shrimp from the by-catch.
Georgia DNR marine fisheries manager Pat Geer.
Savannah State grad student Ashleigh Price keeping some of the catch alive for future experiments. .
Researchers field testing a new app for tracking black gill.
Microplastics and microfibers prevalent in Georgia coastal waters
There are more than a trillion microplastic particles and fibers in Georgia’s coastal waters. That is a preliminary estimate by a team of University of Georgia Skidaway Institute of Oceanography researchers. Funded by Georgia Sea Grant and led by UGA Skidaway Institute scientist Jay Brandes, the team is in the middle of a two-year study to ascertain the extent of microplastics pollution in Georgia’s coastal waters.