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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 12-17-2008, 07:08 PM Thread Starter
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A new way of Fishing the Mon-Shocking results!

I had a blast this summer!

I worked with DEP and EPA through California University of Pennsylvania on the Great Rivers Assessment Program, figuring out the fish assemblage of the Mon and Allegheny Rivers. We electrofished from a boat.





This thing is impressive. 16 amps of current! There are several "kill switches" that are used. I'm testing one of them as part of the safety protocol in this picture.



The boat stays in the more sallow areas and moves slowly. We catch the fish with nets.





The species is recorded along with length and weight.




Genetic tissue sampling is collected for later analysis.





Small specimines are vouchered for later identification, and tissue analysis for PCB levels are collected. There were many other parameters associated with this study, including habitat, macroinvertebrate sampling, depth, wetted width, turbidity, chemistry...

In all, we found 33 species, not including some minnows that haven't been processed yet.

A similar study with gill nets done by Dr. Argent and Dr. Kimmel had 10 species not collected by my crew. We had 8 not collected by theirs- however, once the small fish (minnows, darters) are processed, that number will grow.

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Re: A new way of Fishing the Mon-Shocking results!

Game fish I can give away- can't post the rest of the info until I publish.

Spotted bass
Smallmouth bass
Largemouth Bass
Rainbow Trout
Brown Trout
Walleye
Sauger
Saugeye
Yellow Perch
White Crappie
Rock bass
Pumpkinseed
Bluegill
Freshwater Drum
Channel Cat
Flathead Cat
Chain Pickerel
Longnose Gar (Threatened and Endangered species list. May not keep)

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Re: A new way of Fishing the Mon-Shocking results!

Sometimes work is just plain tough!
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Re: A new way of Fishing the Mon-Shocking results!

Yep! Still fun!


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Re: A new way of Fishing the Mon-Shocking results!

Great post!What is the most interesting thing you found? [if you can tell]

It's breeding,training...and something unknown.
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Re: A new way of Fishing the Mon-Shocking results!

WE had several species of threatened and endangered fish captured.

We also used a modified Missouri trawl for benthic sampling. Got some pink footed heel splitters (clams) in there! That was way cool!

Of all the fish we captured, though, the gar are most definately my favorite.

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Re: A new way of Fishing the Mon-Shocking results!

That's neat!Are you going to do any other rivers? I noticed no muskies or northern pike.Any reason?

It's breeding,training...and something unknown.
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They escape the electrical field. I had a pike come in, but it dove.

The gear selects toward some things and away from others.

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Re: A new way of Fishing the Mon-Shocking results!

Thanks Gal,my daughter used to work for the EPA,one summer she worked on the Hudson River,I couldn't wait for her to get home from work to find out what they found.

It's breeding,training...and something unknown.
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Re: A new way of Fishing the Mon-Shocking results!

What parts of the Mon and Allegheny did you conduct this study, near Pgh. or upstream farther????
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