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Subject:

Re: Sturgeons and rubber bands.

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Greg Lutz <[log in to unmask]>

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Thu, 22 May 1997 10:23:34 -0500

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Michael A. Eggleton wrote:

>
> Earlier this spring, a commercial fisherman on the lower Mississippi River
> mentioned that he had collected some sturgeons (around 20-24 inches TL) in
> his nets. These fish had "rubber bands" wrapped around their body
> which was cutting into the gills and skin behind the dorsal fin. ...it must be > a fairly common occurrence.

Commercial fishermen targeting freshwater drum in the Atchafalaya Basin
indicate to me that this is indeed a very common condition for the
shovelnose and pallids in the Melville area.

> Are these fish be swimming
> through rubber bands laying on the river bottom (as juveniles?) or is it
> some other mechanism altogether.

These fish (in the Melville area) are also occasionally found with
discarded condoms over their mouths as well, so the mechanism you
describe is probably a plausible explanation.

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