Responses of flatfishes to the footgear and sweeps had been classified into the 4 categories "pass under," "hop," "rise," and "run" in previous studies (Ryer and Barnett, 2006; Ryer, 2008; Ryer et al.
Total flatfish densities, estimated as the number of stationary and moving flatfishes in each video frame, were recorded at the start of each observation (start density).
Catch composition of flatfishes varied with each tow, ranging from 84% to 92% for yellowtail and from 8% to 15% for American plaice.
Flatfishes eat smaller fish, crustaceans, and mollusks (Topp & Hoff, 1972; Carpenter, 2002).
The abundance of flatfishes in Wylly Creek, GA has been studied every year since 2004, ensuring that we have replicate data across multiple years.
The purpose of the research is to understand the seasonal use of shallow creeks as nursery areas for flatfishes where they grow during their juvenile stage.
All flatfishes were identified, counted, and measured to the nearest mm TL.
The species of flatfish present in the estuary and the mean length of flatfishes varied by sampling month (p<0.
At Wylly Creek, a total of 333 flatfishes were collected including 189 bay whiffs, 84 blackcheek tonguefish, and 32 ocellated flounder.