Climate and the Bass Population of Lake Texoma
Organization:Montessori Academy Of North Texas
Grade Level:Upper Primary (grades 3-5, ages 8-11)
Report Type(s):Standard Research Report
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The objective of our project was to determine if climate affects the growth of the Striped Bass population. We selected this project because Striped Bass are an important part of Lake Texoma and the economy of surrounding cities. Multiple experiments were done to draw conclusions about the Striped Bass population in Lake Texoma.
Our hypothesis states when the climate temperature increases Striped Bass will struggle to survive. We discovered as the temperature increases, even though there is a larger food supply, there is less dissolved oxygen and fish could die. The fish would have a better chance of survival in a cold environment, despite the fact that there would be a shorter food supply. There would be more dissolved oxygen and the fish would have a greater chance of survival.
We took field trips to bodies of water to learn about aquatic life and water content. We interviewed fisheries biologists and college professors. We studied habitat, the food chain, dissolved oxygen, and reproduction patterns of Striped Bass. However, the data was based on averages, which led to inconclusive results. Further studies and analysis will have to be performed to be able to conclude if climate has a direct impact on the reproduction of Striped Bass in Lake Texoma.
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