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JU Marine Science Research Institute partners with
Jacksonville Marine Charities on Kingfish research
University’s Marine Science Research Institute has received a $2,500 gift from
the organizer of the Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament to
study the diet and migratory patterns of king mackerel.
partnered with the Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament for more than 30
years, and are indebted to them for their continued support of our students and
research,” Dr. Quinton White, executive director of the JU Marine Science
Research Institute, said at a news event Friday, Dec. 6. “This research is
timely and will help us unravel some of the mystery of kingfish migration.”
graduate student Andrea Leontiou will conduct the research, which focuses on
recreational and commercial catches of the fish in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf
developing a better idea of the stock structures of king mackerel in the
Southeastern United States, we can find ways to ensure they are well maintained
for future fishing,” she said.
Jim Suber of Jacksonville Marine Charities Inc., which holds the Kingfish
Tournament, said it was critical for the organization to fund the research.
falls into the category of where we need to be with Jacksonville University and
the city to sustain this species,” he said. “Without the species, we would need
to change the name of our tournament. We feel strongly that this investment in
the survival of the kingfish is directly related to our tournament’s future. We
hope the research helps us learn more to keep the species strong.”
the study, stable isotope analysis will be conducted to determine chemical
differences in both stocks’ diets and the waters in which they spend most of
their time. Instead of using dorsal spines as has been done in the past, the
king mackerel’s otoliths (earstones) will be studied. These calcified
structures provide an uninterrupted record of the internal and external
environment of the fish.
analyzing these structures, we will be able to determine both the waters in
which a king mackerel has lived, and what it ate during different stages of its
life,” Leontiou noted.
otoliths from the fish were collected from Atlantic king mackerel during the
2013 Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament, while Gulf Coast samples were
collected through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
About Jacksonville Marine Charities
Jacksonville Marine Charities Inc. is committed to providing an outstanding
fishing tournament, the Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament, which will
promote and encourage marine conservation; create, preserve, and maintain
fishing habitats, both natural and artificial; promote public access to such
facilities; and foster education with regard to marine science and research.
For more information, visit http://kingfishtournament.com.