Begun by The River Project at its original home on Pier 26 and now hosted on the historic vessel LILAC at Pier 25, this study helps us understand which fish species use Park waters. Currently, a total of twenty-four killie and crab traps set strategically along the historic steamship, and are checked at varying frequencies each week depending on the season. Vertebrates and select invertebrates are identified, measured, recorded, and either returned to the river or temporarily hosted in the Park’s Wetlab at Pier 40 before being released back to the Hudson before winter). The data recorded is available to students for research projects, and to support other research efforts on fish ecology, including through weekly reports to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.
For a complete list of all species caught through this research endeavor, please see Fish of the Tribeca Waterfront.