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    Fish Removal From a Virginia Quarry
    Fisheries Management Case Study

    Location and Acreage:
    Fairfax, VA | 6.5-Acres

    Project Timeframe: 
    2017

    Project Managers:
    David Beasley, Fisheries Biologist & Director of Fisheries

    Key Staff:
    Vic DiCenzo, PhD, Fisheries Biologist
    Aaron Cushing, Fisheries & Wildlife Biologist
    Jason Emmel, Fisheries Biologist
    Tyler Meighan, Fisheries Scientist

    Site Description:
    Fish RemovalThis particular pond is an open pit quarry owned by Vulcan Materials Company in Fairfax County, VA, with a waterbody on the property that has 6.5 surface acres. The pond was full of a variety of fish species such as Largemouth Bass and Bluegill and was set to be drained.

    There is another open pit quarry owned by Vulcan Materials Company in Chesterfield county, VA, with a waterbody on the property that has 1.5 surface acres. The pond was devoid of many fish, and provided a great opportunity to relocate the fish from the Fairfax County, VA quarry.

    Scope of Work:
    Fish removal via electrofishing & Fish Relocation

    Project Description:
    Largemouth Bass Found During ElectrofishingDue to the experience with electrofishing and transporting fish, SOLitude Lake Management was contracted to remove all fish from the Fairfax quarry, and relocate the fish to the Chesterfield quarry. Prior to SOLitude’s arrival on site, Vulcan Materials Company worked to lower the water level at the Fairfax quarry and install a temporary boat ramp to safely launch the electrofishing boat.

    Upon arrival, the staff quickly assessed the boat launch and determined the ramp was too steep and wet to launch the boat without the assistance of heavy machinery. Vulcan Materials reassigned a loader to our launch that provided the necessary help to safely launch the boat into the lowered pond. After this hurdle, SOLitude completed multiple passes on the pond and was able to collect over 100 Largemouth Bass and 1,500 Bluegill for relocation. The team also collected Black Crappie, Yellow Bullheads, and a Blue Catfish over 24”.

    After all fish were collected from the pond, SOLitude worked to get the fish for relocation quickly and safely to their new home in Chesterfield county, VA. When the team arrived on site, they acclimated all the fish and worked with two Vulcan Materials Company staff members to transfer the fish from the hauling truck to the pond.

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