Spy-Fishing for Science

Spy-Fishing for Science


Brittany Barbara, a biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), deploys a baited platform equipped with GoPro cameras to “spy” on fish living in rare hard-bottom habitats in Tampa Bay. The stinky bait attracts fish to come within camera range, giving scientists a non-intrusive way to document what lives in these colorful reefs and ledges of sponges, soft corals and limestone. This project is funded by the Tampa Bay Environmental Restoration Fund.

Photo by Gary Raulerson

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