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Fisheries Biologist
Fisheries Biologist #1194


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Agriscience and Natural Resources

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Fisheries Biologist #1194

Anglers everywhere can thank fisheries biologists for providing quality fishing in lakes, rivers and ponds. The process of introducing fish to these bodies of water is called stocking and this fisheries biologist must carefully manage his resources--not only fish, but people too.

This career requires an extensive knowledge of different species of fish, as well as other living organisms and environmental factors. He must also research and utilize data from past years to decide what species will best thrive in the varied environments.

Paper work and documentation are very important, as there is little room for error when one is responsible for thousands and thousands of living fish. This fisheries biologist oversees the raising of fish from small fry to adults, and once they are released into lakes, rivers and ponds he evaluates their progress. This is one of the slimiest and most fun parts of his job.

Using techniques such as netting and/or electro-fishing, he can catch fish and record their size, weight and health. With this data, he is able to plan for future fish stocking, as well as to inform anglers of the specifics in the fish population.

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