CAN ANYONE HELP LIBBY AT THE DEVON AND SEVERN IFCAS TEAM? THEY NEED LOCAL ANGLERS HELP IN CATCHING SOME BASS.
We have been contacted by Libby. Please see below. If intrested please get in touch with Libby.
Dear Wyvern region
We have a PhD student at Plymouth University (Thomas Stamp) who is studying how bass move in inshore and estuary areas e.g. how much time do they spend in Bass Nursery Areas, which are the most important habitats? This will help us to determine whether current bass nursery areas are sufficient to protect different ages of juvenile bass.
I think you may have heard about Tom’s work includes a project tagging juvenile bass with acoustic ‘pinger’ tags and deploying acoustic receivers in 3 estuaries (Salcombe, Dart, Taw-Torridge). Every time a tag gets close to a receiver, the receiver will detect the tag ‘ping’ and will log that individual bass as being nearby. The receivers are distributed in such a way that a bass moving up and down an estuary and in and out of an estuary will be detected by a receiver so we will see exactly how they use estuaries. The batteries in the tags should last up to 2 years so Tom will get high-resolution information on how bass move in these areas and how long they are resident for. It has taken Tom two years to get all the funding and permissions involved and so the acoustic receivers are just being deployed.
Tom has permission to catch and retain bass for tagging purposes using a variety of methods. He will be fyke netting in Salcombe but would also really like some support from anglers in Salcombe and the Dart to catch bass for tagging. Could you circulate this to anyone you think may be able to help? We are looking for people who could be available for the following dates and locations:
27th-29th June - Salcombe
2nd-5th July - Dart
Catching bass is all that would be involved: all tagging will be undertaken by a fully trained and licensed team from Plymouth University. Anyone interested should contact Thomas Stamp for more information: (firstname.lastname@example.org) , 07729 060 551.
Thanks so much in advance for your help.
Senior Environment Officer
Devon and Severn Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority
Thanks to a very good question from Simon, please see the note below:
Tom is looking for shore based anglers, as for various logistical and licensing reasons his tagging has to be done from the shore. He will have a van with an aeration tank in to transport fish from the site of capture to the tagging & release location so that anglers can choose the best spot to fish from and move with the time/ tide.
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