Throughout April, we will be sharing a series of blogs highlighting the people who power the Council's Citizen Science Program
Photos from the FISHstory project help us better understand what was being caught prior to the 1970’s when catch monitoring programs began - but sometimes the fish in these photos can be challenging to identify. Many of the photos are black and white and the photo quality can often provide limited detail. Since some of the photos can be tricky, we have multiple volunteers classify each photo. Volunteers (and scientists alike) must use the clues they are given such as body shape, fin shape, grayscale color, and pattern to make their best educated guesses.
FISHstory Validation Team
To help ensure the project is collecting quality data, we formed a Validation Team of fish ID experts to help with some of the trickiest photos. The team is made up of fishermen, scientists, and managers from all over the South Atlantic. We recruited members from the Council’s fisheries Advisory Panels, Scientific & Statistical Committee, and federal and state agency partners. When there is volunteer disagreement, the photos are passed on to our Validation Team for verification. Before getting started, team members are trained on validation procedures. Since they often review some of the toughest photos, three team members examine each image. Not only have they helped validate photos, this team has also helped FISHstory staff with identification tips to include in our Field Guide for volunteers. Thanks to our volunteers and Validation Team, we’re able to gather data from these tricky photos.
Thank you, FISHstory Validation Team!
Meet the Team:
|Ariel Poholek||NOAA Fisheries|
|Brad Teer||SEFSC - Beaufort|
|David Bartee||NOAA Fisheries|
|Erin Burge||Coastal Carolina University|
|Fritz Rohde||NOAA Fisheries|
|George Sedberry||SAFMC SSC|
|Jimmy Hull||SAFMCSnapper Grouper AP|
|John Mallette||SAFMC Mackerel Cobia AP|
|Ken Brennan||SEFSC - Beaufort|
|Matthew Carr||NOAA Fisheries|
|Rusty Hudson||SAFMC Snapper Grouper & Mackerel Cobia AP|
|Scott Van Sant||NOAA Fisheries|
|Steve Swann||SAFMC Mackerel Cobia AP|
|Zeb Schobernd||SEFSC - Beaufort|