Figuring out the Fitness of Fish
Students will receive data from actual PIT tagging.  Students will then take the data from the PIT tagging and do calculations to figure out the fitness of the fish and the amount of food that the captive fish should be eating, or if they should be released back into the wild if they are unfit.
Objectives
Students will use calculations to analyze the fitness of sturgeon.
Students will analyze the fitness information and correlate it to the recovery efforts of the North Atlantic Sturgeon
Materials
  • Webquest: Identifying the Fitness of Sturgeon (Word) (PDF)
  • Data Sheet for the Webquest (Word) (PDF)
  • Computers with Internet Access
Procedure
1. Teacher will have students complete a WebQuest based upon the research done at Horn Point Laboratory, MD.
1a. Students will examine the physical and behavioral characteristics of the sturgeon by going to specific websites and filling in a data table.
1b. Students will look at the data based on 13 actual PIT Tagged Sturgeon and calculate the condition factor and fitness of the fish based on the examples.  Students will show their calculations on their data sheets for the WebQuest.
1c. Students will analyze the data and make conclusions to which fish need to be released, food added or subtracted or changed.
2. Completion of the data sheet is the assessment for this Extension exercise.

Note: the teacher could have students use Excel to graph and use the macros in Excel.
References
Erin Markin, UMCES Horn Point Laboratory
Angie Hengst, UMCES Horn Point Laboratory
Dr. Andy Lazur, UMCES Horn Point Laboratory
Ecosystem Restoration Institute, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science


 

MD Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

http://www.dnr.state.md.us/fisheries/recreational/atlanticsturgeon.html

 

MD DNR Sturgeon Fact Sheet

http://www.dnr.state.md.us/fisheries/fishfacts/atlanticsturgeon.asp

 

MD DNR Newspaper Press Release Cambridge, MD

Maryland Restoration Managers to Attempt Laboratory Breeding of Mature Sturgeon
http://www.dnr.state.md.us/dnrnews/pressrelease2007/061907a.html

 

Saving Sturgeon

http://www.marine-ed.org/bridge/index_archive1107.html

 

Sturgeon Looking Ahead

http://www.mdsg.umd.edu/MarineNotes/Sep-Oct95/side2/

 

UMCES Horn Point Laboratory Fin Fish Hatchery

http://hpl.umces.edu/facilities/fishhatchery.htm

 

                     Current Research

            Sturgeon Restoration

            http://hpl.umces.edu/facilities/fishhatchery2.htm

 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

                     (USFWS) Sturgeon Fact Sheet

            http://www.fws.gov/chesapeakebay/sturgeon.htm

 

                     Cooperative Tagging Program (with slide show of tagging process)

            http://www.fws.gov/northeast/marylandfisheries/sturgeon.htm

 

Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS)

Sturgeon Photos

http://www.vims.edu/newsmedia/sturgeon/index.html

 

Williams, J.E. 2000. The Coefficient of Condition of Fish.   Chapter 13 in Schneider, James C.

            (ed.) 2000. Manual of fisheries survey methods II: with periodic updates. Michigan

            Department of Natural Resources, Fisheries Special Report 25, Ann Arbor.

 

Discovery News links:

 

http://dsc.discovery.com/beyond/?playerId=203711706&categoryId=859974516&lineupId=78375496&titleId=1119199088

 http://dsc.discovery.com/video/?playerId=203711706&categoryId=859974516&lineupId=1173351593&titleId=1546350875

 


State Standards
1.1.2- The student will modify or affirm scientific ideas according to accumulated evidence.
1.2.3- The student will formulate a working hypothesis.
1.4.2- The student will analyze data to make predictions, decisions, or draw conclusions.
1.6.4- The student will manipulate quantities and/or numerical values in algebraic equations.
1.6.5- The student will judge the reasonableness of an answer.
1.7.1- The student will apply the skills, processes, and concepts of biology, chemistry, physics, and earth science to societal issues.
3.5.3- The student will investigate how natural and man-made changes in environmental conditions will affect individual organisms and the dynamics of populations.
3.6.1- The student will analyze the consequences and/or trade-offs between technological changes and their effect on the individual, society, and the environment. They may select topics such as bioethics, genetic engineering, endangered species, or food supply. (NTB)
6.4.5- Analyze the effectiveness of the action project in terms of achieving the desired outcomes.
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