TVA To Conduct Annual Sport Fish Survey
March 5, 2012
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Fishing enthusiasts interested in the health of sport fish in the Tennessee Valley Authority's reservoirs along the Tennessee River are invited to observe the annual surveys this spring.
The surveys, which have been conducted yearly since 1995, collect data on sport fish species such as black bass and crappie. Beginning March 13 at Wilson Reservoir, near Muscle Shoals, Ala., and continuing through April 25 at Fort Loudoun Reservoir near Knoxville, Tenn., this year's surveys will be held at eight TVA reservoirs.
The fish are collected using boat-mounted electro-fishing equipment. The units harmlessly stun the fish for a brief time causing them to surface, where they are collected, examined and evaluated by TVA biologists. Once weighed, measured and counted, the fish are released.
Biologists collect and record information such as abundance, distribution, age, relative weight and general health of the fish. The results from TVA's fish surveys are shared with state agencies and are used to protect and improve sport fishing.
During each survey, TVA fisheries biologists will leave designated boat ramps at 7:30 a.m. and survey the fish until mid-afternoon. Participants with life jackets may join survey crews in TVA boats or they may follow in personal boats.
Anyone interested in going with TVA biologists on the survey should call the TVA Environmental Information Center at 800-882-5263 to schedule a time. Space is limited. The Environmental Information Center operates from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. EDT, Monday- Friday.
For more information on the TVA annual sport fish surveys and a complete list of survey locations, visit www.tva.com/river/fishsurvey.htm
The Tennessee Valley Authority, a corporation owned by the U.S. government, provides electricity for 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states at prices below the national average. TVA, which receives no taxpayer money and makes no profits, also provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists distribution utilities and state and local governments with economic development.
Travis Brickey, (865) 632-6263
TVA Media Relations, Knoxville, (865) 632-6000