Sturgeon tagging on the St. Louis River

Sturgeon tagging on the St. Louis River


>>DAN: The action this morning was spectacular,
I guess would be in one word. I don’t think that we’ve seen that many fish that quickly.
>>NICK: It takes good balance in the river, a fear of not falling down, and patience.
>>DAN: Oh boy, oh boy, get ‘em Nick!>>NICK: When you get out there, especially
this is our first day out here, when you see that first fish, the adrenaline is just really
pumping. And our best catches were when you slowed down and eased that net and all of
a sudden flick of the net over the snout and then you get ‘em.
>>DAN: Awesome! Maybe we’ll get a bunch today.
>>NICK: They remind me of dinosaurs. I mean, you look at it and here’s a pre-historic
fish, and it’s just neat to think about it and to see these big, huge, scute scales.
There’s just nothing like it.>>DAN: One zero zero one we’ll call it.
>>NICK: We measure it.>>NATURAL SOUND: Thirteen five.
>>NICK: And weigh it.>>DAN: And then at that point we’ll check
the fish for prior marks, or tags that we’ve implanted.
>>NATURAL SOUND: We’ve got nothing.>>NICK: And then we tag it, and hopefully
we can get growth rates on these fish and more importantly maybe is how often they come
back.>>DAN: If we ever recapture that fish again,
we’ll be able to tell for certain that that was the same fish that we caught on May 18,
2010, whether it’s five years down the road, ten years down the road, or 20 years down
the road.>>JOSH: When you get the data that you need
that you’re going to use, in this case for restoration purposes of the fish, and hopefully
bringing them back to their, to the numbers that there used to be before their population
declined so severely. So it’s nice to get that information and then see that the fish
is swimming away just fine. The part that gives me the most satisfaction is, in this
case, working with a species that I may or may not see the benefit overall, because they
live so long, and in this instance we’re trying to get the population back to where
it used to be, it’s not an overnight thing.>>NICK: It’s euphoria! I mean, I love my
job, and I love most of the things I do, and I have a good time. But when you’re out
here on a day like this, chasing pre-historic fish that we built these great structures
for, and they’re coming back and we’ve helped them, it’s just, it’s a hard feeling
to put into words.

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