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Scup Eating Biofouling Organisms

Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Heather Soulen (editing), NEFSC

Structures that spend long periods of time in aquatic environments are susceptible to marine biofouling, the accumulation of marine fouling organisms. Aquacultural gear used for oyster farming often provide suitable surfaces for biofouling. Here a scup (Stenotomus chrysops) nibbles on biofouling organisms that have attached to the oyster cage rope. Video credit: NOAA Fisheries/Gillian Philips, NEFSC.