Ashely Moreland, Student Technican
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Posted on July 27, 2011 | Permalink
Ashley's Entry - July 27
Last Friday, I met up with Chris Judy of DNRís Shellfish Restoration Program to transport some young oysters to a reef. These young oysters had been allowed to grow on old oyster shells which were being kept in small cages in Ego Alley of Annapolis. We collected the cages off the docks and transported them out to the Severn River, where we dumped them into a designated area that was marked as an oyster bar. Not only did this trip provide me with the chance to handle oysters such as those Iíve seen being worked with in earlier parts of my internship, but I also learned a lot about GPS usage since we had to use a GPS to find the exact locations in which to dump the oysters.
On Saturday, I accompanied Dr. Joseph Love to Smallwood State Forest in southern Maryland to assist with the Paralyzed Veterans of American largemouth bass fishing tournament. My job was to help weigh fish as boats brought them in, as wells as transport these fish from the scale to a large truck with covered tanks. These shaded tanks were to help keep the fish alive until we could get them back down to the water for releasing. It was a very hot day out, making things very hard on both the fisherman and the bass.
At the end of the first day of the tournament, the largest bass caught weighed in at 4.99 lbs. There was also a cash prize for whoever caught the biggest snakehead that day, and the largest snakehead weighed in reached just over six pounds. At the end of the tournament, we drove the truck back down to the waterís edge and released the bass, one net full at a time.
Monday, I went back to Smallwood State Forest with Dr. Love and a few other members of DNR from the southern Maryland regional headquarters. Our job was to catch bass by means of electrofishing.
I personally found this style of electrofishing off the bow of a boat to be a bit more entertaining then slipping on the rocks of the Savage River, but that may just be because the fish we were catching were a lot bigger.
On Tuesday, I launched out of Liberty Marina on a Natural Resources Police boat with Officer Devin Corcoran. Our job was to spend the day patrolling the South River and keeping an eye out for anything unusual. We discovered that someone was laying traps right in the middle of a float-free channel and even though we were able to ID him, we werenít able to catch him since he didnít appear to be out on the water that day. Other than that, we spent most of our time pulling up next to commercial and recreational crab and fishing boats, checking their catches for sizes, checking their vessels for safety gear, and generally checking to see how the Bay was treating them that day. According to Officer Corcoran, it was a very uneventful day, but I still enjoyed being out on the water nonetheless.