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Graduate students enter fishery data at Apache Lake in Arizona

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Graduate students at the Arizona Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit calibrate gear and test new fish sampling techniques (hydroacoustics, electrofishing boat operation) in Western canyon-bound reservoirs in Arizona.  The research compares Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) sampling protocols with American Fisheries Society (AFS) standard methods; facilitate AZGFD’s adoption of AFS standard sampling techniques they are not already using; and to help inform the next edition of AFS’ Standard Methods for Sampling North American Freshwater Fishes, a sampling guide being used by fisheries biologists across North America. Standardization of fisheries sampling across North America has many positive benefits. 


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