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My friend Steve Moseley recently “road along” with one of our field crews doing some of our annual fall, fisheries sampling.  Steve is a writer for the York News-Times and he wrote a great story about his experience.  For those of you interested in Nebraska fish and fishing, interested in the work done by pointy-headed fish biologists, you will enjoy Steve’s article.  Follow the link, take some time, read it!  Oh yeah, there are some pictures too!

Game and Parks Shares Current Information with Anglers

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A gill net runs between those two floats.

It looks like Steve picked a good day, a nice, warm, sunny day.  That was great, but work goes on regardless of weather.  You have to pull the nets.  Ask any fisheries biologist with a few years of experience and they will tell you about working in some miserable conditions.  You all know what our fall weather has been like in Nebraska this year.

By now, early November, our field biologists will have finished most of our field work for the year.  Soon, I will receive data summaries and will start putting together next year’s Fishing Forecast.

A lot of work goes into sampling fish populations around the state every year.  This graphic would be very representative:

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Graphic provided by Keith Hurley, thanks Keith!

If you are interested in more of the science in Fisheries Science, check out this NEBRASKAland article:  Survey Says_march 2011 Nebland .

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And yes, many days we smell like fish when we get home from work!

About daryl bauer

Daryl is a lifelong resident of Nebraska (except for a couple of years spent going to graduate school in South Dakota). He has been employed as a fisheries biologist for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for 25 years, and his current tour of duty is as the fisheries outreach program manager. Daryl loves to share his educational knowledge and is an avid multi-species angler. He holds more than 120 Nebraska Master Angler Awards for 14 different species and holds more than 30 In-Fisherman Master Angler Awards for eight different species. He loves to talk fishing and answer questions about fishing in Nebraska, be sure to check out his blog at outdoornebraska.org.

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