ANN ARBOR, Mich. – A research scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey has been named director of a scientific program that uses sound technology to better understand behavior of Great Lakes fish.
Christopher Vandergoot will lead the Great Lakes Acoustic Telemetry Observation System. It consists of a network of receivers placed around the Great Lakes basin.
Researchers surgically implant tags on fish that emit "pings," which the receivers detect and use to record the fish's location.
Combined with other data such as physical conditions, the information can help document fishes' actions. It is shared with state, provincial and tribal fishery managers.
Current projects are following walleye, lake trout, lake sturgeon, muskellunge, lake whitefish and black bass as well as invasive grass carp and sea lamprey.
Vandergoot succeeds Charles Krueger, who is retiring.