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“Blinded Me with Science”, Catfish 2020

From time to time I like to blog about some deep, science-stuff.  I do not do it often, because I do not want to be boring.  On the other hand, I know many of you have at least a passing interest in fisheries science and the work done by pointy-headed, fisheries biologists.

There is an overwhelming amount of scientific literature documenting everything related to fisheries science and the almost infinite number of fish species.  Unfortunately, there is so much it is hard to keep up with it all.  For certain, there is way more than a casual observer wants to know about.

However, I saw an announcement recently.  It will give you an excellent idea of what I am talking about.  The American Fisheries Society recently published the proceedings of the third international catfish symposium, Catfish 2020.

If you are interested, follow the link, and take a look at the titles.  That will give you an idea of the breadth of fisheries research being done just on a variety of catfish species.  Click on some abstracts, see what was done, what was learned.  Go even deeper if you wish and read the whole article.

Yes, notice the catfish research that was done in Nebraska!  I often hear that “all the good biologists work in other states”.  Well, we know what is going on in other states, and they know what is going on in Nebraska!

The thing is, the more we know, the more questions we ask; the more we realize we don’t even know what we don’t know.  But, science, fisheries science, marches on.  We know a lot more now than we used to!  That is good for our resources, and good for our fishing!

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About daryl bauer

Daryl is a lifelong resident of Nebraska (except for a couple of years spent going to graduate school in South Dakota). He has been employed as a fisheries biologist for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for 25 years, and his current tour of duty is as the fisheries outreach program manager. Daryl loves to share his educational knowledge and is an avid multi-species angler. He holds more than 120 Nebraska Master Angler Awards for 14 different species and holds more than 30 In-Fisherman Master Angler Awards for eight different species. He loves to talk fishing and answer questions about fishing in Nebraska, be sure to check out his blog at outdoornebraska.org.

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