The Great Lakes region is so expansive that it’s hard for fisheries researchers to cover all of it. But, thanks to the modern smartphone technology many have at their disposal today, scientists are finding new ways to study places without ever actually being there. The predominant way is by utilizing citizen scientists, or volunteers, which are commonly anglers for fisheries studies.
The January opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway on Lake Pontchartrain didn’t have a lot of impacts on speckled trout and redfish in the lake, according to The Times-Picayune. Though it was thought that the fish might be forced to leave Pontchartrain, it turns out that most of them stuck around.