Joe Serafy Seminar
|Start:||Friday, Dec. 4, 2009, 01:00PM|
|End:||Friday, Dec. 4, 2009, 03:00PM|
|Venue:||Marine Sciences Building, Room 105, BBC|
Joe Serafy – from NOAA SE Fisheries Science Center and RSMAS, University of Miami - "Mangrove shoreline fishes of Biscayne Bay and adjacent waters"
Mangroves are conspicuous components of tropical and subtropical ecosystems around the globe. Because they occur along marine, estuarine, and riverine shorelines, a wide variety of fishes can be found among their inundated root systems. As a result, these habitats probably play a variety of roles in the lives of associated fishes —feeding areas for some, daytime refugia for others, and nesting or nursery areas for yet more. Dr. Serafy will discuss the contribution of a given mangrove habitat to the diversity, productivity, and stability of broader fish communities. Subtropical mangrove shoreline fishes of Biscayne Bay and the adjacent waters include the great barracuda (Sphyraena barracuda) and gray snapper (Lutjanus griseus). Unfortunately, mangroves have only recently received focused attention from the international scientific and conservation communities as potentially important fish habitats —habitats which are rapidly shrinking worldwide.