by Brandon Peoples
In this week’s post, I break from our normal scientific articles to add a bit of field work humor with a comic.
Non-lethal and incredibly effective, electrofishing is one of the most important sampling techniques in a fish biologist’s toolbox. But like any sampling method, electrofishing can be biased toward catching certain species or size classes of species. With numerically rare or hard-to-capture species, one individual can be the difference between determining whether or not an important species is present in an area.
After electrofishing for a while, some biologists develop their own unique strategies for making sure no fish goes unaccounted for. Being in the field most days for the past 6 weeks, I’ve become increasingly aware of a couple of my own ‘signature moves’.
One move is The Backwash, which is useful for those hard-to-get fish that get stuck in root wads or undercut banks…
Another move is The Raccoon Paw, a last-resort move used only when fancy net tricks have failed…
So…what’s your signature move?