Started at The River Project's Pier 26 home, now at the Lilac on Pier 25, a total of twenty-four killie and crab traps are set strategically along the historic steamship. The ship moves up and down with the tide, so the traps remain at bottom for the same duration each tidal cycle. All traps are checked 1-5 times per week depending on the season. All vertebrates and select invertebrates caught are identified, measured, recorded, and either returned to the river or kept temporarily in the Wetlab Aquarium at Pier 40 (all animals are released back to the Hudson before the winter). The data recorded is available to be used by students for research projects, other local, collaborative researcher efforts on fish ecology, and is additionally reported weekly to the NYSDEC.
Many thanks to Dr. John Waldman, Professor of Biology, Queens College; Paul Sieswerda, Curator, New York Aquarium; Kerry Dawson and Noreen Doyle at Hudson River Park Trust; TRP Board members, and Captain Mary Habstritt of the Lilac for their assistance with this research project.
For a complete list of all species caught at The River Project please see Fish of the Tribeca Waterfront.