Justin Lewis

Justin Lewis

Ocean Springs, MS

Center for Fisheries Research and Development, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, The University of Southern Mississippi

Fisheries Research Technician

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Well, estuaries are very dynamic environments and many species are only seasonally abundant in and around the Mississippi Sound. Forage species are no exception, but not all forage species are important prey of spotted seatrout. The variability that we’ve seen in spotted seatrout diet over the past few months does appear to reflect seasonal changes in prey abundance. Many of these prey items, like menhaden, are also large, high quality prey, which basically means they’re a good source of calories. As such, large changes in their abundance may affect the spotted seatrout population. However, without a basic knowledge of what species are important during different times of year, it’s impossible know how the abundance of core prey items affect the spotted seatrout population.
Sep 28, 2016
Identifying predator-prey relationships of spotted seatrout in Mississippi's coastal waters
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Thanks for the support Cindy! We're pretty excited too. The nights will be long, but worth it for sure!
May 09, 2016
Identifying predator-prey relationships of spotted seatrout in Mississippi's coastal waters
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Both Chis and I are extremely grateful to have the support of our local CCA chapter! You guys more than anyone appreciate the importance of conservation. Hopefully, with your help, we can get a better idea of what prey species are the most important to the speck population in Mississippi. Thanks again for helping us spread the word!!
Apr 16, 2016
Identifying predator-prey relationships of spotted seatrout in Mississippi's coastal waters
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