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How to Survey the Fish in Your Pond

Steven Smith

By Steven Smith
Wildlife and Fisheries Consultant

Posted Oct. 11, 2011

Many pond owners think surveying fish populations in a pond is something only a professional fisheries biologist can do. Determining the fish species present, their size distribution and relative abundance in a pond is not as hard as it may seem. Most pond owners who have spent time seining or fishing are already familiar with the two most common techniques used to monitor pond fish populations. Using these two techniques consistently over time and maintaining records from the surveys can provide useful information.

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