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Lunch N’ Learn: Sand Ridges off New Jersey as Fish Habitat Features

March 13 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Sand on the ocean bottom off New Jersey is not distributed evenly, but sorted and shaped into features by present and historical events. Some offshore sand deposits are used as sources for beach nourishment projects and are being eyed as sources for construction material as well. Offshore sand mining, or dredging, needs to be considered as a potential disturbance of fish habitat. Dr. Grothues will explore the origin and distribution of sand features off New Jersey and New York’s Long Island and their use by fishes and will also delve into current efforts to study detailed fish distribution around a sand feature using trawling, tracking, and sonar from a robotic submarine.

When: Wednesday, March 13th, 2024. 12:30 PM-1:30 PM
Presenter: Research Associate Professor, Dr. Thomas Grothues, Rutgers University
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