TVA Invites Public To Attend Annual Spring Sport Fish Survey On Nickajack And Chickamauga

Thursday, March 06, 2014

The Tennessee Valley Authority is inviting the public to join TVA biologists on Nickajack and Chickamauga Reservoirs as they conduct the annual spring Sport Fish Survey.

TVA biologists will collect samples of fish using a harmless boat-mounted electrofishing technique. Fish are temporarily stunned, which causes them to float to the water’s surface, where they are collected, counted, weighed, measured and checked for overall health, then returned to the water.

The surveys will be conducted on March 13 on Nickajack Reservoir, leaving from the boat ramp at Marion County Park.

The surveys on Chickamauga Reservoir will take place over three days, March 18-20. On March 18, crews will leave from Harrison Bay at the Wolftever/Highway 58 ramp. On March 19, they will leave from Skull Island and on March 20 they will be at the Sale Creek Day Use ramp.

The survey boats will depart at 7:30 a.m. from the designated boat ramp each day. Guests should arrive 10 to 15 minutes early and will need an approved personal floatation device, or life jacket. Please wear clothing and shoes that can get wet, and bring sunscreen and insect repellent as appropriate.

Anyone interested in going with TVA biologists on the survey should call the TVA Environmental Information Center at 800 882-5263 to schedule a time. Space is limited. The Environmental Information Center operates from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. EDT, Monday-Friday.

For more information on the TVA annual sport fish surveys and a complete list of survey locations, visit http://www.tva.com/river/fishsurvey.htm


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