NANFA-- Old fish publication

Denkhaus, Robert (DenkhaR_at_Ci.Fort-Worth.TX.US)
Thu, 26 Jul 2001 13:07:11 -0500

While moving the Nature Center's library into a new, larger facility, I came
across the following publication: Hutchens, L. H. and R. C. Nord. 1953
(revised 1954, 1955, reprinted 1956). Fish Cultural Manual. US Fish Wildl.
Serv. 220 pp. The publication, which had been lost behind some shelves and
coated in a layer of dust and debris that would have rivaled any Egyptian
tomb, contains some interesting ideas for propagating game fish. My
particular favorite section that I have found so far is a recommendation for
controlling water boatmen, backswimmers and predaceous diving beetles: "Mix
2 gallons of kerosene or diesal fuel, 2 quarts of gasoline, and 1 quart of
lubricating oil; apply at rate of 5 to 10 gallons per surface acre. Spray
over pond, with generous application along the shoreline and in areas of
vegetation. Repeat treatment at 7 to 10-day intervals, as necessary." With
recommendations like that, it really is amazing that we have any living
creatures around at all today!

Another interesting idea presented was a recipe for a special fish diet
based on 50% hog spleen.

Don't you just love old books?

Rob Denkhaus
Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge
"El muerto a la sepultura, el vivo a la travesura"
"The dead to burial, the living to mischief"

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