A South Georgia girl is asking the community for help to provide scholarships for college-bound young women. In February, Madison Daughtry was named the Distinguished Young Woman of Leesburg for theMore >>
In February, Madison Daughtry was named the Distinguish Young Woman of Leesburg for the Class of 2014.More >>
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The Tift County Sheriff's investigators are still searching for clues to find a missing pregnant woman. Her mother is making a plea to find her daughter who hasn't been seen in more than two months. DianeMore >>
The Tift County Sheriff's investigators are still searching for clues to find Crystal Hendrix. Her mother is making a plea to find her daughter who hasn't been seen in more than two months.More >>
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A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana. Deputies responded to a complaint at Jose Sanchez's house on Highway 129 North Friday. AuthoritiesMore >>
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana.
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Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff. It was the first annual pigs in the park event, put on by the Georgia Narcotics Officer'sMore >>
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff.More >>
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Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks. Police say they responded to the Dollar General on West Jackson Street around 9:15pm Friday. EmployeesMore >>
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks.
Chattahoochee, Florida- As the saying goes, there's no place like home. Case in point, when it comes to fish that return to Lake Seminole from the Gulf of Mexico to spawn. And researchers in Georgia and Florida are working around the clock right now to study those fish.
Like a recon mission from above, researchers on the Appalachicola River where it meets Lake Seminole have to skim the surface to find what they want below the surface. They're tagging and monitoring anadromous fish, those that live in the ocean but spawn in freshwater. "We're trying to evaluate fish passage, trying to get the fish to utilize the lock," says Senior Georgia Fisheries Biologist Ramon Martin.
That's a task all researchers involved agree is dire when it comes to preserving stocks for sport fishing and water quality. "Over time we'll get recaptures. And then we'll be able to determine the number of fish that are congregating in the area," says Martin. "By looking at the proportion of tagged fish to untagged fish, we can estimate how many there are," adds Clemson University Professor and USGS Scientist Dr. Jeff Isley.
Researchers could spend hours catching the fish with a rod and reel. But they say that doesn't make much sense. That's where special electrified probes mounted on the front of their boats come in handy. "It actually stuns the fish. When they're stunned, they actually align with the electro-current and swim right up to the probes," says Isley.
That's just the beginning of the process for some of the fish. "First thing we do is check the fish to see if its got a tag in it," says Isley. If they haven't already been tagged, one is attached to the outside of the smaller fish. They larger ones have them surgically implanted. After the radio tag has been installed in the larger fish, it only takes about five minutes for the anesthesia to wear off. "Know how I can tell when he's about ready? He's going to bite me," laughs Isley.
It's a dirty job, but it's one researchers say is necessary to ensuring nature's health and your health. "You really have to love your job to be in this field," says Ramon.
The researchers are studying Gulf Striped Bass, Gulf Sturgeon, and Alabama Shad. Here's proof that the water quality part of their study is important. Alabama Shad are related to American Shad, which translates to "very savory."