Several diverse projects are underway to gather information on many aspects of Striped Bass ecology, population structure, movement patterns, and stewardship (community involvement). Brief descriptions of projects are provided with some links taking you to more in-depth project pages.
We will meet our goal by developing methods to better monitor Striped Bass populations and determine population health. Tagging Striped Bass (and other at-risk fishes) and collecting fish sizes and tissue samples (scales) are our main methods for collecting information on habitat use, movement patterns, growth, and to calculate parameters useful for population dynamics modeling. The last bit is a mouthful! Basically, both information on fish caught and tag returns from our tagging program provide a LOT of useful information!
We also conduct surveys on different groups that interact with Striped Bass. Surveys (or questionnaires) are a series of questions that help to uncover the practices and perceptions of groups (e.g. recreational anglers, commercial fishers, First Nations) as they interact with Striped Bass in their respective activities.
Molecular techniques can be extremely useful in determining differences between populations of Striped Bass. This project looks at the control region of Striped Bass mitochondrial DNA in the hopes of distinguishing between fish found all over Nova Scotia, the Bay of Fundy, and along the Canadian and US coast. Read more
Several tagging projects are ongoing with various species including Striped Bass, Winter Skate, Little Skate, and Atlantic Sturgeon. Tagging studies can provide information about movement patterns and growth, and may be used to find estimates of population size. Read more
Habitat Stewardship Program
This program is centered around creating awareness and education regarding Striped Bass and Striped Bass habitat in Nova Scotia. With the help of the fishing and angling community we hope to impact conservation practices and government regulations that will help conserve and increase populations while still allowing for continued sport fishing. Read more
Heather Reed, a past graduate student at Acadia University states "I have been very fortunate to work within a community of practice in Nova Scotia that addresses community capacity building, scientific and environmental literacy, and local and Indigenous Knowledge Systems through basic and applied research on threatened and endangered species." Read more