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Students Gain Practical Experience Electrofishing

Posted on 6th March 2014 in Fisheries Management

A group of students studying towards the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Fish Management  recently visited Clay Pit Fishery in Ashford and carried out an electrofishing exercise.

Electrofishing uses electricity to stun fish before they are caught and is often used to sample fish populations to determine abundance, density, and species composition.  When performed correctly, electrofishing results in no permanent harm to fish, which return to their natural state in as little as two minutes after being stunned.  This survey was performed to check the health of the stock and to get an idea of the fishery’s stocking density.

Clay Pit Fishery is owned by Jack Funnell, an ex-Hadlow College student.  Jack studied for his National Diploma (the precursor to the Level 3 Extended Diploma) at Hadlow from 2008-2010.

Clay Pit Fishery is a 5.5 acre lake, approximately 8-10ft deep all over, apart from one small corner where it drops off to 20ft.  Formally a working clay pit, with many underwater features, along with shelves, drop off’s and reeds.  There are 12 swims on the lake giving anglers plenty of room to fish.

It was a successful survey with over 80 fish caught and from each fish data was collected (length and weight).  Fish from 10lbs to 27lb were caught including five 20lb fish!

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