A Report On Commercial Fishing Studies Conducted In The Tidal Streams Of Alabama

Commercial fishing experiments with 1 1/4- to 1 5/8-inch-bar mesh trammel nets were conducted in fourteen tidal streams of Alabama during 1953 and 1954. The primary objective of these studies was to determine the percentages of the various species of fish taken with small mesh trammel nets in the tidal streams during the months of October through March. A total of 26 sets with trammel nets were made in the streams studied. A total of 65,839 fish, turtles and crabs weighing 56,129.01 pounds was caught during the period of the experiments. Freshwater game fish which included crappie, bluegill, shellcracker, largemouth bass, pickerel, warmouth and yellow bass made up 0.75 percent of this total weight. Speckled trout comprised 3.21 percent and all other commercial and rough species made up 96.04 percent of the total weight. The predominant commercial and rough species were mullet, gar, blue catfish, shad and buffalo which made up 67.68, 20.25, 3.23, 1.94 and 0.84 percent of the total weight respectively. None of the other species caught constituted as much as 0.5 percent of the total weight.

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