FishTeG group is newly established group at the Department of Fish and Zooplankton Ecology, the Institute of Hydrobiology, Biology Centre of Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, v.v.i (IHB). Formation of the group responds to current fast development of telemetry methods for observation of fish behavior in their natural environment. Current telemetry methods provide possibility to observe fish with unprecedented spatiotemporal resolution and give amazing insight into fish biology. The main task of the group is application of these methods to various environments and fish species and their further development in the IHB. Activities of the team includes also broad cooperation with other teams in the field as well as dissemination of knowledge to students, early career researchers and public.
FishTeg came from the strong background of FishEcU team. Members of FishEcu applied various scientific methods to research of fish biology in reservoirs and lakes worldwide during last 20 years. FishEcu activities have been focused to various topics with high emphasis to research of general pattern of fish distribution in reservoirs. Recently many interesting findings have been done by the group using netting and echosounding techniques regarding this topic (see publication). However, results very often showed high individual and temporal variability and arose many questions about fish behavior and their variability in natural conditions. Such demand called for application of advanced method for long-term observation of individual behavior in their natural environment and establishment of new group for this research.
FishTeG is part of the IHB. The research portfolio of the institute includes the assessment of biotic interrelations and their interactions with abiotic factors. Limnological interactions are studied both within the waterbodies and within whole catchment. The institute performs research on different levels of interactions from the ecosystem, community, population, organismal, through cellular to molecular levels. The investigations combine regular long-term ecological research on selected Czech reservoirs, comparative and methodical studies and different scale experiments that allow scrutinizing the phenomena in different time- and space-scales. The institute applies a holistic approach from elementary chemistry to high trophic levels and societal effects on water systems. It acts as an advisory body for the assessment of the ecological potential of heavily modified and artificial waterbodies. Special investigations going beyond the investigations of lakes and reservoirs involve ponds, running waters and other aquatic environment.