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Chesapeake Bay Field Office Biologist Coauthors Papers on Catfish as Habitat Quality Indicators
Northeast Region, March 2, 2010
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Typical tumor found on brown bullhead catfish in surveys, Fred Pinkney, USFWS
Typical tumor found on brown bullhead catfish in surveys, Fred Pinkney, USFWS - Photo Credit: n/a

Chesapeake Bay Field Office biologist Fred Pinkney coauthored two recent papers on tumors in brown bullhead catfish, used as an indicator of habitat quality. "Tumors in brown bullheads (Ameiurus nebulosus) in the Chesapeake Bay watershed: Analysis of survey data--1992 through 2006 " summarizes 15 years of surveys within the Chesapeake Bay watershed and highlights high tumor rates in Washington, DC's Anacostia River and some grotesque-looking fish from the South River near Annapolis, MD. The second paper provides a historical review of the state of fish tumor research aimed at environmental managers in the Great Lakes region. 

Pinkney, A.E., J.C. Harshbarger, and M.A. Rutter.  2009.  Tumors in brown bullheads (Ameiurus nebulosus) in the Chesapeake Bay watershed: Analysis of survey data--1992 through 2006. J. Aquatic Animal Health 21:71-81. [31]

Rafferty, S.D., V. S. Blazer, A. E. Pinkney, J. L. Grazio, E. C. Obert, and L.Boughton. 2009. A historical perspective on the "fish tumors or other deformities" beneficial use impairment at Great Lakes Areas of Concern.  J. Great Lakes Research 35:496-506.

For more information contact:

Fred Pinkney

410/573-4519

fred_pinkney@fws.gov

 


Contact Info: Kathryn Reshetiloff, 410-573-4582, kathryn_reshetiloff@fws.gov



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