Fish Scale Research

As part of the ongoing development of our fishery, the club has purchased a high quality microscope to aid in the surveying of our fish stocks. By examining scales from the fish, the microscope will enable the club to determine the age profile and health of the fish from various parts of our waters.

We need your help with this research by collecting a few scales from the fish you catch. We would appreciate it if you would take 2 or 3 scales from behind the dorsal fin of the fish and putting them in a PAPER envelope –  DO NOT use a plastic bag as the scales will rot. The scales can easily be removed by scraping with the back of a knife or even your thumb nail. We are looking for samples from all size fish, not just the ones you keep so even scales the undersized fish that you release will be helpful.
We hope to have some envelopes to give out at our first competition next Sunday but feel free to use one of your own. Mark the envelope with the following information;
Date : ………………    Specific River Location : ………………………     Fish Length : ………………………..  Approx Fish Weight : ………………………….. Your Name (Optional) : …………………………………
Return your envelope to any committee member as soon as possible so the scales are fresh. Our aim is to build up a picture of the age profile and health of our fish over the coming years. We will be posting photos of the scales here on the website as we progress.

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