Estuarine turbidity maxima (ETM) are present in coastal plain estuaries. Scientists hypothesize that within the ETM, suspended sediments and organic matter enter the estuary from river input and are resuspended with tidal cycles. This promotes feeding cycles in the plankton community, which ultimately supports the the nutrition of larval fish that use the ETM as a nursery area.
The following is a series of activities that can be used alone or in sequence to teach about various aspects of striped bass in general and how environmental conditions affect fish survival in particular. Teachers and students should use the content pages in this fish and physics module as a reference source to become familiar with terms and concepts, and to learn about scientific research associated with fish and physics. The activities below correspond with module content as indicated, and can also be accessed through the content pages.