The Long Island Paddlers, Inc.


Meetings are held the third Tuesday of every month at the Bay Shore/Brightwaters Public Library from 7:00 - 9:30 p.m. Located at : 1 South Country Road, Brightwaters, NY 11718  (Click here for Directions)

As always, refreshments are served after the meeting

Next Meeting:

Atlantic Menhaden (Bunker)
When: September 19, 2017, 7:00pm
Where: Bay Shore/Brightwaters Public Library

The Atlantic menhaden is a North American species of fish in the herring family, Clupeidae. Atlantic menhaden are found in the North Atlantic coastal and estuarine waters from Nova Scotia south to northern Florida. They are commonly found in all salinities of the Chesapeake Bay and Mid-Atlantic water. They swim in large schools that stratify by size and age along the coast. Younger and smaller fish are found in the Chesapeake Bay and southern coastline while older, larger fish are found along the northern coastline.

Brandyn Lucca is a PhD student at Stony Brook University and works in the Acoustic Laboratory for Ecological Studies (ALES) under Dr. Joseph Warren. He received a B.S. in Marine Biology from the University of Rhode Island in 2012 and a M.S. in Biological Oceanography from Stony Brook University in 2016. His primary research interests include using active acoustics (e.g., fish finders) to count Atlantic menhaden in New York waters, underwater video to characterize schooling behaviors (e.g., fish packing density, bubble production), and traditional net sampling to collect key life history and physical measurements such as age and size. Although his focus is on Atlantic menhaden, the development of acoustic and other methods in Long Island waters have broad applications to both other finfish (e.g., alewives, silversides) and ecologically important zooplankton (e.g., copepods).