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Hocking Fish Management Students Work Hands-On with ODNR Staff

Tue, Mar 25th, 2014

Hocking College Fish Management and Aquaculture (FMAQ) students are teaming up with Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife professionals this spring to help out on Lake Snowden projects.

The Capstone Fisheries Management class has already started their first project at Lake Snowden. The class is working on a Snowden fishery improvement project requiring bundling and deploying donated Christmas trees to improve the lake's habitat. Later this spring, the students will assist ODNR staffers on a largemouth bass population study calling for their skills in electrofishing, processing and marking and recapture of the bass in order to obtain data for ongoing lake management.

Mike Miltner, Hocking College Natural Resources instructor and FMAQ Program Coordinator, is pleased with the opportunity for cooperation with ODNR District 4 staff and the hands-on learning experience that will be offered to second year FMAQ students.