There are 42 Fisheries Division biologists and 11 fisheries districts and the main Little Rock office.
Special projects, such as research and the trout program, employ four fisheries biologists.
The computer analyst is a biologist.
For organization purposes, the biologists are divided up by their general
No two biologists perform the
same duties, and no one biologist has done it all.
Arkansas Statewide Fisheries Management
This responsibility belongs to the 11 district fisheries biologists and
Each district has a biologist and an assistant biologist.
All are supervised by the assistant chief
of the Fisheries Management Section,
who answers to the Chief of Fisheries.
Both are biologists and work out of the Little Rock office.
District personnel must perform a wide range of
- Fish population sampling;
- Construction and maintenance of access areas;
- lake fertilization;
- walleye and striped bass brood stock collection;
- pollution investigations;
- lake water level manipulation;
- assisting wildlife officers;
- private pond extension work;
- commercial fishery monitoring;
- fish habitat improvements
- collaborating with all levels of
- public relations
- nursery pond construction;
- maintenance of lakes and access
- verifying state and world record fish;
- management recommendations;
- conducting creel surveys;
- writing reports;
- handling all other paperwork.
Fish population sampling is the major program dictating the activities of the management
Fisheries Division biologists developed the Standardized Sampling Procedures
manual several years ago.
It provides them with a standardized procedural routine for
conducting fisheries population samples.
The samples are conducted throughout the year and
provide biologists with essential data needed to determine management practices .
fisheries biologist seems to be tired, its probably because hes been up
several nights in a row sampling fish or working the walleye or striper projects.
spring electro sampling on lakes is conducted at night when fish group up in shallow
depths just off the banks.
The walleye and striper projects require a special diligence from their
participants. Both often go on for a week or more of sleepless, chilly nights on the banks
of a lake. A warm fire, homemade treats from (hopefully) understanding wives and a
bottomless coffee pot are required to fuel the all-night net-running activities. Despite
the numbing effects of cold water and lack of sleep, the fish are carefully stripped of
their eggs and milt, then gently released to spawn again next year. The eggs are then
transported to one of the state fish hatcheries, where hatchery biologists raise them.
The five fish hatcheries are located at
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