Environmental DNA, or eDNA, is an evolving new tool that helps us understand the ecosystems below the waves. Water samples with eDNA can show scientists what types of animals are present, how many there are, and how long they’ve been there.
This hook-based fishery survey is conducted alongside fishing industry collaborators every fall and spring. Focusing on rocky habitat in the southern Gulf of Maine, the survey informs questions of abundance and distribution of species that live there.
NOAA Fisheries/Smithsonian Institution scientist Dr. Tom Munroe recently received the 2018 Robert H. Gibbs, Jr., Memorial Award in recognition of his outstanding body of published work in systematic ichthyology (the field of study describing and naming fishes).