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Coastal State Discussion | How Winter Flounder Can Survive Warmer Temps.
March 29, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Join us for a discussion on how winter flounder can survive a warming bay.
Winter flounder dominated commercial and recreational fishing in Narragansett Bay until the 1980s. Populations have since declined to historically low levels. This has raised concerns about what caused this decline, the overall health of the bay, and what the future might look like.
Overfishing and predation may be a few reasons why, but new studies suggest warming water temperatures may also be crippling populations.
Joe Langan, a Ph.D. candidate, and Dr. Jeremy Collie from URI’s Graduate School of Oceanography will discuss their recent work looking at the role temperature plays in winter flounder populations. Their primary focus has been looking at which life stages of winter flounder are most vulnerable to temperature.
This project aims to help resource managers identify which habitats to then protect in order to sustain a winter flounder population in Narragansett Bay. The results could also be useful for other winter flounder populations and in identifying the mechanisms of population regulation in a marine fish species.
When: Thursday, March 29
Where: Coastal Institute Auditorium, URI Narragansett Bay Campus
Time: 4:30-6 p.m.
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This series is sponsored by Rhode Island Sea Grant with the support of the University of Rhode Island’s Coastal Institute, College of Environment and Life Sciences, and the Graduate School of Oceanography