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Re: Electrofishing methods


"Darrel E. Snyder" <[log in to unmask]>


Academic forum on fisheries ecology and related topics <[log in to unmask]>


Mon, 9 Jun 1997 15:18:29 -0600





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A few years ago I completed a very extensive review of the injurious effects
electrofishing fields on fish, including early life stages and a very
comprehensive indexed bibliography. The citation is:

        Snyder, D. E. 1992. Impacts of electrofishing on fish. Report of
Colorado State University Larval Fish Laboratory to U.S. Department of the
Interior Bureau of Reclamation, Salt Lake City, Utah, and Glen Canyon
Environmental Studies Aquatic Coordination Team, Flagstaff, Arizona.

Our supply of this 214-page report has been exhausted. However, paper or
microfiche copies are available through the Fish and Wildlife Reference
Service. Item request numbers and costs for clients other than cooperators
are listed below. There is no charge for U.S. federal or state agency
cooperators. Send or call your request to:

        Fish and Wildlife Reference Service
        5430 Grosvenor Lane, Suite 110
        Bethesda, Maryland 20814-2158
        Phone: 1-800-582-3421; fax: 1-301-564-4059

MIN# 809440039, Impacts of Electrofishing on Fish (Snyder 1992).

Paper copies (116 p. of report and 98 p. of appendices including an
854-reference indexed bibliography) -- $21.40 plus $2.50 for postage/handling.

Microfiche copies (3 fiche) -- $1.50 plus $2.50 for postage/handling.

The following articles were abstracted from that report (I can provide
photocopies if you don't have access to the publications):

        Snyder, D. E. 1995. Impacts of electrofishing on fish. Fisheries

        Snyder, D. E. 1994. Effects of electrofishing on fish embryos, larvae,
and early juveniles. American Fisheries Society Early Life History Section
Newsletter 15(1):10-13.

        Snyder, D. E. 1993. Effects of electrofishing on fish reproduction,
gametes, and offspring. American Fisheries Society Early Life History
Section Newsletter 14(3):27-29.

Since completion of that report in 1992, about 10 publications have
addressed research on the injurious effects of electrofishing. Most have
appeared in the North American Journal of Fisheries Management. I suggest
you scan volumes of that journal published since 1991.

I hope this response has been helpful.


At 08:27 AM 5/26/97 +0000, you wrote:
>Dear Fish-Ecology
>I have a variation on the issues discussed regrading electrofishing.
>This is used as a fishing practice in Vietnam, Lao PDR and Cambodia, and
>though it is banned it is very common as it is difficult to enfors such
>a ban.
>What I would like to know is if there has been any studies done on the
>'side-effects' of electrofishing. In otherwords, what are the long term
>effect on big/small fish and fry? What is the damage to fish not
>killed/stunned and caught? The objective of this is to be able to
>identify when and where electrofishing is most damaging and device
>management strategies to be able to control the most destructive use of
>Hans Guttman
>AIT Aqua Outreach
>Asian Institute of Technology
>P.O. Box 4, Klong Luang, Pathumthani
>12120, Thailand
>Phone: (+66-2) 524-5215
>Fax: (+66-2) 524-6200
>e-mail: [log in to unmask]

Darrel E. Snyder Research Associate
Larval Fish Laboratory Curator, LFL Collection
33J Wagar Building Telephone: (970)491-5295
Colorado State University Fax: (970)491-5091
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1474 E-mail: [log in to unmask]
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