Hybrid seine for full fish community collections

Journal of Freshwater Ecology
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Seines are simple and effective fish collection gears, but the net mesh size influences how well the catch represents the fish communities. We designed and tested a hybrid seine with a dual-mesh bag (1/4″ and 1/8″) and compared the fish assemblage collected by each mesh. The fine-mesh net retained three times as many fish and collected more species (as many as eight), including representatives of several rare species, than did the coarser mesh. The dual-mesh bag permitted us to compare both sizes and species retained by each layer and to develop species-specific abundance correction factors, which allowed comparison of catches with the coarse-mesh seine used for earlier collections. The results indicate that a hybrid seine with coarse-mesh wings and a fine-mesh bag would enhance future studies of fish communities, especially when small-bodied fishes or early life stages are the research focus.
Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Hybrid seine for full fish community collections
Series title Journal of Freshwater Ecology
DOI 10.1080/02705060.2012.695752
Volume 28
Issue 1
Year Published 2013
Language English
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Contributing office(s) Great Lakes Science Center
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Journal of Freshwater Ecology
First page 125
Last page 131
Country United States
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