A paper on reef fish spawning in the Southeastern U.S. that was published in the peer review journal PLOS One has now been adapted for high schoolers and published in Science Journal for Kids.

The PLOS One paper, “Timing and locations of reef fish spawning off the southeastern United States,” considered peak spawning and generated predictive maps for gray triggerfish, white grunt, red snapper, vermilion snapper, black sea bass and scamp and identified locations where reconfiguration or expansion of existing marine protected areas would afford spawning reef fish greater protections. The study also recommended increased sampling off southern Florida during certain times of the year.

The paper was published by lead author Nicholas A. Farmer, NOAA/NMFS, with coauthors William D. Heyman and Kyle McCain, LGL Ecological Research Associates, Inc.; Mandy Karnauskas, NOAA/NMFS; Shinichi Kobara, GCOOS/Texas A&M University College Station; Tracey I. Smart, Joseph C. Ballenger, Marcel J. M. Reichert and David M. Wyanski, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources; Michelle S. Tishler, Meadows Ecological, Inc.; Kenyon C. Lindeman, Florida Institute of Technology; Susan K. Lowerre-Barbieri, Theodore S. Switzer and Justin J. Solomon, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; Mark Marhefka, Abundant Seafood and George R. Sedberry, NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries.

The Science Journal for Kids article, “How Can We Protect Fish Better?”  includes key terms, scientific methods and AP Environmental Science Topics. It also includes a teacher’s key and videos.