This week we've been very happy to test-run the second version of our MiniTrawl for performing small scale simulations of trawl fishing procedures. It's shown in the image above, being flown in a swim flume and with minnows for scale! Huge thank you to the workshop at the Marine Institute at the Memorial University of Newfoundland for the trawl design and construction. It certainly constitutes an improvement over our latest version, which was made from women's tights! (though still worked like a charm):
On September 25th, Shaun Killen will be giving a public engagement lecture at the Explorathon, at the Glasgow Science Centre. This talk, entitled "The ones that get away: the effects of fishing on fish evolution" will examine how important differences in fish size, behaviour, or physiology might make certain fish within species more likely to be captured. Over time, the selective removal of fish with certain characteristics may have evolutionary effects that could alter descendant populations that avoid fisheries capture.
Explorathon is Scotland’s “European Researchers’ Night”. All across Europe on the last Friday in September the EU celebrates research and researchers with huge public engagement events. Scotland’s three biggest cities will join the party as we showcase our work to the wider community inviting people to get up close and hands on with our world leading research
Explorathon is collaboration between the Universities of Glasgow, Strathclyde, Aberdeen and the four Edinburgh Universities. The event is funded by the European Commission under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions programme.