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Fisheries Behavioral Ecology - Experimental Systems

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Experimental systems include:

A series of large, environmentally controlled circular tanks (3 m diameter, 1.3 m depth) with partitions and video systems for behavior, predator-prey, and habitat studies.

Netting of sablefish from tank.

Infrared lab.

Infra-red systems coupled with low light video capabilities for analysis of behavior in controlled light conditions to complete darkness. Includes two circular tanks (2.5 m diameter, 1 m depth) and a series of smaller environmentally controlled tanks.

Infrared Tank Schematic

A 12 m flume tank used for trawl gear studies related to net passage and foot-rope design.

12-meter flume tank.

Circular tank and net towing apparatus.

A net-towing apparatus (4.5 m diameter) for simulation of fish capture in the cod end of trawl gear.

Two state-of-the-art, cube-shaped observation tanks (2.5 m x 2.5 m) for the study of vertical distribution, feeding, social behavior, and predator-prey interactions under controlled gradients of light, temperature, and turbidity.

Vertical Distribution of adult walleye pollock.

Linear system for chemosensory studies with juvenile sablefish.

Linear and circular flume systems for chemosensory studies with juvenile and adult fishes.

Numerous small-scale (150-200 liter) temperature-controlled tanks for analysis of growth, behavior, and physiological studies.

Growth experiment lab.
Infrared growth experiment lab.


As well as:
  • A series of large, environmentally controlled circular tanks (4.5 m diameter, 1.3 m depth) for studying behavior and survivorship of large fishes.
  • Controlled temperature rooms for research with fish larvae and juveniles.

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Last updated 27 March, 2009

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