Posted by Kerry Grissett on April 12, 2001 at 01:25:57:
TVA's 2001 Fish Survey
TVA is enlisting the help of local anglers to conduct its annual fish survey, which
helps determine the number, age, and general health of black bass in reservoirs
throughout the Tennessee Valley. The 2001 survey runs from March 20 through
The results of the survey, which uses a fish-sampling technique called catch
depletion, are used by state agencies to protect and improve sport fisheries.
Volunteers fish for one hour in selected coves that have been blocked off with a
net. Then TVA biologists use electrofishing equipment to catch, or deplete, the
remaining fish in the cove. In that process an electric current is used to
temporarily stun the fish so they float to the top. They’re collected with nets,
counted, weighed, measured, and released unharmed outside the cove. The cove
returns to normal within hours after the net is removed.
To participate, call TVA at 256-386-2729 (Alabama) or 865-632-1721 (Tennessee),
or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org (attn. Ginger Seeber). Here’s the schedule
for the remaining dates in this year’s survey:
Scottsboro City Park
Little Bear Creek
Cedar Creek Dam
Little Bear Creek Dam
Carl Cowan Park (two sites)
Pickwick State Park
Swann’s Marina (two sites)
Douglas Dam (two sites)
Booker T. Washington
Marion County Park
Note: The schedule is subject to change.
TVA sampling teams will leave the designated boat ramp at 7:30 a.m. each day and
return around 3 p.m., give or take two hours. Participants may ride in a TVA boat
if they bring their own life jacket, or they may follow in their own boat.
The volunteer anglers will pre-fish sites from 7:30 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. TVA team
members will be happy to return participants to the boat ramp at any time during
the day. Those staying all day should bring their own lunch. A cooler with ice will
be available for drinks.
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