Something’s Fishy

Something’s Fishy

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Scientists in Tampa Bay are using remote underwater video cameras to “spy” on fish living in rare “hardbottom” habitats — reef and rubble areas with soft corals, brightly colored sponges and limestone outcroppings. A cage of stinky bait is attached to one end of the camera platform, to lure fish within camera range. This photo “captures” a spadefish coming in for a look.

Hardbottom habitats are difficult to restore once damaged by ship impacts, anchors or dredging. By learning more about what lives in these unique habitats, bay managers can better protect them.

Photo courtesy of FWC.

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