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Collecting fish with seine


                              



Salmon Ecology Team researchers collect salmonids in the Scott Creek lagoon using a seine, a net that hangs vertically from floats.
 


For each fish caught, the researchers record information such as tag number, length, and weight. Samples are taken for ageing and genetic analysis, after which the fish are released.
 


Date: August 2002 
Location: Scott Creek lagoon (Santa Cruz County) 
Contact: SWFSC Fisheries Ecology Division, Salmon Ecology Team




Collecting data on fish


                              



Salmon Ecology Team researchers Ellen Freund and Morgan Bond collect data on salmonids caught using a seine in the Scott Creek lagoon. During data collection the researchers:
 


   Record the PIT tag number that individually identifies each fish (Morgan is holding the tag reader). 
   Tag the fish if it's untagged. 
   Record the length and weight. 
   Take a scale sample for determining the age of the fish. 
   Take a small piece of fin for a genetic sample. 



When the data collection is complete, the fish are released.
 


Date: July 2003 
Location: Scott Creek lagoon (Santa Cruz County) 
Contact: SWFSC Fisheries Ecology Division, Salmon Ecology Team




Great blue heron


                              



A great blue heron stands on a fyke net, a large hoop net that acts as a funnel to trap swimming fish.
 


This particular net is acting as a downstream smolt trap in Scott Creek, above the lagoon. Salmon Ecology Team researchers collect salmonids caught in the net and record information such as tag number, length, and weight. Samples are taken for ageing and genetic analysis, after which the fish are released.
 


Date: June 2002 
Location: Scott Creek (Santa Cruz County) 
Contact: SWFSC Fisheries Ecology Division, Salmon Ecology Team


Mapping water quality


                              



Salmon Ecology Team researcher Arnold Ammann uses a GPS linked profiler to map water quality parameters in Scott Creek Lagoon to determine distribution of favorable habitat for rearing steelhead trout. Information collected includes temperature, salinity, pH, and dissolved oxygen.
 


Date: April 2004 
Location: Scott Creek lagoon (Santa Cruz County) 
Contact: SWFSC Fisheries Ecology Division, Salmon Ecology Team


Snorkel survey


                                                       



Researchers conduct a snorkel survey in Big Creek on California's Big Sur coast (Monterey County). The Landscape Ecology Team uses snorkel surveys in their ongoing research to assess numbers and size classes of rainbow trout and steelhead in the stream.
 


Date: April 2004 
Contact: SWFSC Fisheries Ecology Division, Landscape Ecology Team


Scanning juvenile steelhead


 



Researcher Tommy Williams scans a juvenile steelhead for a PIT (Passive Integrated Transponder) tag. PIT tags uniquely identify the fish, and when used in a mark-recapture study, allow estimation of survival rates and population size.
 


Date: August 2005 
Location: Big Creek (Big Sur, Monterey County) 
Contact: SWFSC Fisheries Ecology Division, Landscape Ecology Team