Gulf Coast Research Lab Scientists Learn Safe Fish Surgery Techniques

By on April 21, 2016
Researchers learn suturing techniques for implanting acoustic tags on juvenile red drum. (Credit: University of Mississippi Medical Center)

If you’re a fish scientist, cutting a fish is a little more tedious than when the average angler does it. It’s important, after all, to make sure that the fish specimen you’re studying doesn’t get too stressed out or feel too much pain because it could impact results.

To help alleviate some of the impacts of shoddy surgery on fish, researchers at the Gulf Coast Research Lab at the University of Southern Mississippi have sent some of their fish scientists to learn more about the proper ways of cutting fish. To do so, they set up a workshop with a local surgeon who gave them hands-on attention as they practiced implanting acoustic tracking tags.

The fish that researchers focused on in the workshop included red drum and bull sharks, as these are two fish that the scientists are studying currently in the Mississippi Sound. On these, researchers learned three new suture techniques that should help them in future investigations of the fish.

Top image: Researchers learn suturing techniques for implanting acoustic tags on juvenile red drum. (Credit: University of Southern Mississippi)

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