Statewide Fisheries Research
Cooper River Tidal Wetlands
Conducted by James M. Long, Ph.D.
This multi-disciplinary work examines the role of vegetation as fish habitat on the structure and function of fish communities. We are quantifying how fish communities relate to vegetation at the wetland scale and at the vegetation patch scale by comparing wetlands that differ in vegetation composition and comparing among different vegetation types within wetlands. Furthermore, we are quantifying the energy dynamics in these wetlands by examining secondary production of fish and the food habits of the top predator, largemouth bass.