Re: NANFA--The Drifters: was "ichthyology's not that bad"
Tue, 5 Jun 2001 18:25:15 EDT

In a message dated 6/5/01 5:04:46 PM US Eastern Standard Time, writes:

>Drift nets...The key
is to find a safe, private place to install it (as usual!).

Drift nets are typically only left in place for an hour or so - otherwise
they fill up with debris and start backflushing - also driftologists
frequently want discrete, short-term samples they can correlate with time of

Interesting thread. Question from an amateur.

Could someone explain larval fish? What are they? How are they different
from regular fry? What type fish have larval? (Seems like Chris Scharpf's
article on eels mentioned a larval stage.

What else is typically caught in a drift net? If the mesh is small enough,
local wild daphnia?

When you check a drift net, how do you do it? Empty everything in a glass
jar and see what is there? Could you jury-rig up something with say cheese
cloth? How big are they normally? Anyone have a picture or a good
description of the shape of one? How deep are they set? Would you catch
anything in a stationary one in a lake or pond?


Chuck Church
Indianapolis, Indiana USA

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