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.
Skidaway Institute researchers probe doliolid secrets
Doliolids are tiny marine animals so transparent they are practically invisible. Yet, these rarely seen and little understood organisms are a major driver of the marine ecosystem on continental shelves around the world. University of Georgia researcher Marc Frischer recently completed a major field study in the South Atlantic Bight on the continental shelf off the coast of Georgia in an effort to understand these mysterious animals. The study, funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation, involved 25 research cruises over a two-and-a-half-year period.