A comparison of lead lengths for mini-fyke nets to sample age-0 gar species

Proceedings of the Oklahoma Academy of Science
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Abstract

Mini-fyke nets are often used to sample small-bodied fishes in shallow (<1 m depth) water, especially in vegetated shoreline habitats where seines are ineffective. Recent interest in gar (Lepisosteidae) ecology and conservation led us to explore the use of mini-fyke nets to capture age-0 gar and specifically how capture is affected by lead length of the fyke net. In the summers of 2012, 2013, and 2015, mini-fyke nets with two different lead lengths (4.57 m and 9.14 m) were set at random sites in backwaters and coves of the Red River arm of Lake Texoma, Oklahoma. Mean CPUE (catch-per-unit-effort; number per net night) was significantly lower for mini-fyke nets with short leads (0.52) compared to those with long leads (1.51). Additionally, Spotted Gar (Lepisosteus oculatus) were captured at a higher rate than the other three gar species present in Lake Texoma, although this could have been an artifact of sampling location. We found that differences in length-frequency of captured gar between gear types were nearly significant, with total length ranging from 47mm to 590mm. Mini-fyke nets with longer leads increased the efficiency of sampling for age-0 gar by increasing catch rate without affecting estimates of other population parameters and appear to be useful for this purpose. 

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title A comparison of lead lengths for mini-fyke nets to sample age-0 gar species
Series title Proceedings of the Oklahoma Academy of Science
Volume 96
Year Published 2016
Language English
Publisher Oklahoma Academy of Science
Contributing office(s) Coop Res Unit Atlanta
Description 14 p.
First page 28
Last page 35