So it begins…
Well, began. Over three months ago.
My intentions had been to share regular updates of field life from beginning to end, but best laid plans, choosing a provider, host, fiddling with themes and a layout (which I am still not happy with), yada, yada, yada, excuse-ad-nauseaum. It didn’t happen.
So, I’m a little late.
I’ll give a quick briefing on what has happened SINCE we began March 31, 2014.
We began trawling (Link Coming) in March. We had three trawls per day plus 2 bag seine sites. Within a week, after major snafus with the bag seines which included 1.) getting the boat stuck on falling tides, twice 2.) finding the nets utterly inaccessible after tides had dropped 3.) Setting nets were inconsistent (Link Coming).
Between lousy weather, one busted trawl frame (we’ve named the oyster bed that it the ‘Mount Trawl Chewer’), and too many electrical issues with the boat we went well over our allotted time for getting it done. We DID catch lots of fish (check out catch of the day to see some of them). We finished round one in mid May.
In May, I presented at the Garden Club of America’s National Annual Meeting, and met some wonderful women there that proved to me that it isn’t just us sciencey types worried about the future of our natural resources with sea level rise and climate change.
At the end of May, we went to Sapelo Island and put the bag seines to good use on ‘feeder creeks’ that line Dean Creek. My hopes is that I can get some idea of what in site variability (Link Coming) looks like between days and between two sites that are relatively close together in the same system. It was thrilling, muddy, and sometimes painful work (did you know that blue crabs have both a crushing and a slicing claw? The slicing claw is really effective on the tips of your fingers).
In the second week of June we began our second round of sampling (trawling). Once more, we have been plagued by electrical issues with our boat. We are seeing different fish, though, as new spawning events are occurring. And of course, a lot more boaters on the water also has made life a little more difficult. As of now, we are still on schedule.