Changhai Zu will talk on
Population ecology and age demographics of black bass in the Bay of Quinte and Lake Ontario sampled through competitive fishing events
at 12:30 in the EEB lounge (BioSciences 4338)
Recreational fishing indirectly contributes over 2.5 billion dollars annually to the economy in Ontario. A major aspect of recreational fishing that has gained widespread popularity is competitive tournament fishing. Bass are among the most popular sport fish species, yet very little is known about adult populations of bass from large water bodies like the Bay of Quinte and Lake Ontario. With the number of tournaments held on large water bodies on the rise, it is important for us to understand as much about these bass populations as possible in order for us to keep these fisheries sustainable. Hundreds of fish are regularly weighed in at any given tournament which also makes tournaments ideally suited as a sampling tool. In an ongoing three year study, a large amount of biological information has been collected from tournament fish. This seminar will focus on what we have learned about the biology of black bass in Lake Ontario and the Bay of Quinte by sampling and tagging tournament fish.
Changhai Zhu completed his undergraduate degree in Biology in 2012 and is currently finishing his M.Sc. degree in Biology at Queen’s University, supervised by Dr. Tufts. His research focuses on age and growth of Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass in eastern Lake Ontario, and how tournaments affect bass ecology in large lake systems.
The Tufts lab webpage can be found here.