Sunday, September 20, 2009

Clayton State to Collect Fish Samples for Henry County Aquarium

Clayton State University Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Christopher Kodani is preparing to go on a fishing expedition… and he won’t have far to go.

Kodani, and some of his students, will be assisting James Moore of the Henry County Stormwater Management Department in putting together a traveling aquarium for the county. Moore was recently awarded a grant from North American Native Fish Association to showcase local non-game fish species, and since Moore and Kodani have been collaborating in the Georgia Adopt-A-Stream program and Rivers Alive Cleanup events, he naturally asked for help from Clayton State’s biologists and ecologists to populate the tank.

Moore is currently in the process of procuring all the materials he’ll need for the traveling aquarium, however, it won’t be long before he’s ready to start sampling local creeks, at which time Kodani and his students will get involved.

“One of the native fishes that James and our crew have encountered in Henry County is the Turquoise Darter,” says Kodani in anticipation of his fishing expedition. “It’s small, but very pretty. See It’s the relatively unknown species like this that the aquarium display will try to bring attention to.”

The aquarium will also include an educational display identifying the fish and explaining ways to prevent water pollution. It is expected that the aquarium will move between public spaces in Henry County, including libraries and schools.

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.
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