Porgy Found at the Mouth of the Peconic River

Stenotomus chrysops, Scup are abundant and their harvest is sustainable, according to NOAA.  Read more at http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/fishwatch/species/scup.htm.  Photo by Danielle Gruber

Stenotomus chrysops, Scup are abundant and their harvest is sustainable, according to NOAA. Read more at http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/fishwatch/species/scup.htm. Photo by Danielle Gruber


On August 1, 2013, at the dock it was partly cloudy and the wind strength was 2 on the Beaufort Scale from the southwest. In the bay, the sky was mostly clear and the wind strength was 3 from the southwest. The moon stage was new and the tide was ebbing. Interestingly, in the crab trap in the bay, we found a dead fluke. In the crab trap by Colonel’s Island, we found a live porgy. It was cool! I carried it around in a bucket to show the passengers on the boat. We had a senior citizen group on the boat, and they really enjoyed seeing the animals and our special guest, the porgy. I guess it’s not that odd to find fish in the crab traps, but a fish the size of fluke getting stuck in the crab trap is unfortunate.
Written by BOI Intern Andrew Kumpfbeck.

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On August 12th, 2013 2:00-3:30 p.m., we observed the following:

Air temp: 73 degrees
Sky conditions: cloudy
Wind strength: <1 mph
Wind direction: not much wind, but a very light breeze from the west
Tide: Incoming
Other observations: rainy, rain from clouds further away was visible

This is some of the sea life we caught on the beach:

12:00 noon boat (low tide beach):
A lot of mud snails, a baby horseshoe crab, hermit crabs, fiddler crabs

2:00 p.m. boat (high tide beach):
A lot of mud snails, hermit crabs, fiddler crabs, killies, pipefish

We had a wonderful day!

Contributed by BOI Interns Charlotte Schmidt and Sarah Sandler.

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