“If you build it, they will come.” But will they?
Pennsylvania Sea Grant Maritime Education Specialist, David Boughton hopes to answer whether fish will come and use the porcupine junior fish cribs and channel catfish boxes that students build under his supervision. These structures replace lost natural spawning areas for fish. The structures, which mimic natural logs and branches so newly hatched baby fish, also called “fry,” can hide and survive as they mature, will be deployed in Lake Erie as a Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission approved habitat improvement project. Students participating in the PASG Fisheries Science Program will monitor fish activity with student-built underwater remotely operated vehicle(ROV)robots built during another Sea Grant-led activity.