Great Fish Count Nets Huge Number of Sea Creatures
Families from all over the five boroughs of New York City came out for the Great Fish Count on Saturday. More than 1600 people stopped by to help out with this annual survey of biodiversity in New York City’s waterways.
June 05, 2019
Blue crabs netted in the Hudson River. Image: Sarah Fecht
At Fort Washington Park, just south of the George Washington Bridge, a team from Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory deployed nets and identified the fish they scooped up. Amidst all the flopping fish and splashing around, kids and their parents learned about the ecology and industrial history of the Hudson River.
At its 18 sites across the city, this year’s Great Fish Count netted more than 840 fish, representing 24 different species. Small schooling feeder fish such as bay anchovy and Atlantic silverside made up the bulk of the catch, which is no surprise, said Margie Turrin, Lamont-Doherty education coordinator.