Fisheries Management Students Survey the River Darent
Our FdSc Fisheries Management students recently visited Darent Valley Fly Fishers to carry out an annual survey of the river Darent.
Designed to look at current brown trout numbers in the section of the river and identify if any wild fish had been successful in reproducing, a secondary purpose was to collect data on the brown trout caught - including their length. The day involved using electric fishing equipment to aid in the survey of fish populations in the river with a range of other fish species caught during the day as well.
The students gained valuable experience of this surveying technique - which is commonly used in the industry - and an appreciation of the need to collect data for effective fishery management. The practical element of the day provided an opportunity to develop communication skills and team working skills.