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Indiana is conducting a Catfish Study

Discussion in 'Catfish Discussion' started by mrfishohio, Jun 17, 2005.

  1. mrfishohio

    mrfishohio Recovering Fishaholic

    The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is conducting a 2-year survey of
    tagged catfish and sturgeon in the Wabash River. DNR employees, or creel
    clerks, will be counting and interviewing anglers and commercial fisherman
    along the river to gather information on boating, fishing and life histories
    of catfish and sturgeon.

    In April, biologists began the catfish-tagging project to run simultaneously
    with a shovelnose sturgeon project already underway. The concurrent surveys
    will enable biologists to fill in gaps of information otherwise impossible
    to obtain. This information will help determine the recreational use and
    most sought species of the Wabash River, allowing biologists to better
    manage the river. The project will also help biologists estimate the
    economic value of the river, in the event of a major fish kill.

    Creel clerks began interviewing from the mouth of the Wabash up to Covington
    in April and will continue through the end of October 2005. Counts and
    interviews will resume in 2006, covering Terre Haute to Logansport.

    This effort covers 357 miles of the Wabash and is the first recreational
    survey of the river from Logansport downstream. The catfish project is a
    joint effort by the Indiana and Illinois DNR's, Purdue University and
    Southern Illinois University. The shovelnose sturgeon survey is a
    cooperative effort by the Indiana and Illinois DNR's and Purdue University.

    Anglers and commercial fisherman along the Wabash River are asked to help in
    the survey by participating in the interviews when approached by the creel
    clerks. However, anglers will need to turn in the tags themselves.

    Tags for fish that are kept should be mailed to Big Rivers Fisheries
    Program, 2310 E St. Rd 364, Winslow, IN 47598.

    If the fish is returned to the river, the tag should be left on the fish and
    the tag number recorded. Anglers may mail the tag number to the same address
    or call 812-789-2724 and ask for Tom or Kirk.

    For more information, contact Bob Ball or Kevin Hoffman at 812-279-1215
  2. flathunter

    flathunter Mellons mentor

    I guess anything is better than nothing.

  3. mrfishohio

    mrfishohio Recovering Fishaholic

    The project will also help biologists estimate the economic value of the river, in the event of a major fish kill.
    So they do have a value....
  4. katfish

    katfish Cats are where it's at!

    Every journey starts with one step.

    Hopefully this is a beginning for serious consideration of the value of the catfish resource. Hopefully the scope will expand to understand the value of catfish throughout the State.
  5. mrfishohio

    mrfishohio Recovering Fishaholic

    Right, when one state makes a study, then if it's favorable to our cause ;) we can quote it & send it to other state. There's a study going on in the Mississippi or Missori river too re: catfish. TN did it from the urging of it's constituants I believe vs. hardcore facts. It was the perception held by the sportsman complaining about the commercial netters. There's plenty of salt water studies that prove netting depletes the resources. One study showed the decline of catching dolphins by net...but then it was pointed out that was because they were all wiped out from that area. :eek:
    Often the comment is that there is no study to show it's hurting anything, etc.