In this twelfth episode of the fisheries podcast I speak with Joshua Flowers, a U.S. Navy veteran. After serving his country on board USS Nimitz, the Navy's oldest and finest aircraft carrier, he went to school and got a degree in both wildlife and fisheries resources. He eventually got into the private sector and started his own private pond management business in the North Texas area. We talk about his service, his business, and his volunteering with the Texas Bass Brigades.
Main Point: No two ponds are alike!
In this episode of The Fisheries Podcast I talk with Chris Horton of the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation to hear a little about how the world of fisheries management and politics are intertwined and how he plays into it all.
One Point: Use your voice and be engaged!
In this week's episode, I am flying solo. I begin by giving a brief recap of how the podcast has fared after releasing 10 episodes, giving download numbers and promoting the podcast as a great medium to broadcast your science.
I then share some listeners' scary field experiences and a few of my own too. If you have any scary field experiences share them with me on twitter or facebook.
Main Point: wear you kill switch lanyard while motoring through Silver Carp infested waters
This week I took a break from interviewing seasoned professionals in the field of fisheries to hear about the experience of one undergraduate student, Endora Roberts. We talk about her time as a student at Minnesota State University, Mankato, as an intern with the Minnesota DNR, a volunteer at two museums in Chicago, and how she sees the field of fisheries as a future young professional.
Main Point: Fish are awesome and deserve respect!
I chat with Bob Mallard about his passion for wild, self-sustaining fish populations and how that passion led him to co-founding the Native Fish Coalition.
Main Point: Native Fish First
I invite Dr. Chris Kenaley on the podcast to talk about Columbus Day and how it relates to fish. In his second voyage, Columbus observed a unique fishing method used by the natives. Dr. Kenaley and I discuss that and other ancient beleifs associated with our topic fish. What is it? Listen and find out!
After listening, if you know of any #FishFacts or #FishFallacies, share them with me on facebook or twitter.
Graduate student Josh Vine and his advisor Brandon Peoples, of Clemson University, come on the podcast to explain how they are using a less stressful method to estimate the numbers of federally endangered Atlantic Sturgeon in the Savannah River, South Carolina.
I discuss sea run Brook Trout with Geoffrey Day. Geof is co-founder and executive director of the Sea Run Brook Trout Coalition. We cover everything from the reasons for population declines, the restoration efforts currently underway, and where he sees his coalition helping in the future. Enjoy this episode and I hope that you learn something new about sea run Brook Trout.
Dr. Chris Vandergoot joins me to discuss his work on Lake Erie doing acoustic telemetry to track various fishes. His work is part of the Great Lakes Acoustic Telemetry Observation System or GLATOS, a bi-national system of 66 organizations all working together to share data. We discuss why this system is so important to studying fish in the Great Lakes.
More information on GLATOS could be found at https://glatos.glos.us
Quinton Phelps fills me in on what he has been up to since moving to West Virginia. He then explains to my brother and I some classic fish management terms: recruitment, growth, and mortality.