Finding Nemo, and All His Relatives?


Institution researchers will spend the next three months in Papua, New Guinea tracking clownfi sh, the same species made popular in the animated fi lm “Finding Nemo,” as part of population studies. The team will tag all the embryos produced by approximately 150 pairs of adult clownfi sh living in the reefs of Kimbe Bay, New Britian, track the dispersal of the offspring as they are initially scattered by ocean currents and then return back to the reef to fi nd a host anenome, where they will spend their adult lives. Knowing the natal origins of fi sh and their migration pathways is critical to fi sheries managers and their efforts to sustain economically viable stocks of various species. Clownfi sh have become a popular species for aquaria, but the techniques WHOI researchers have pioneered can be applied to many other species from salmon to cod.