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Alkalinity and Hardness Tests for Lime Needs

In this video, Daniel Creel, a graduate student in the Auburn University School of Fisheries, describes how to use LaMotte test kits to measure the alkalinity and hardness in recreational fishing pond water.

Alkalinity and hardness are i…

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Everyday Water Conservation

While Alabama averages 55 inches of rain per year, the state also experiences drought. These may be flash droughts that last a few months or long term droughts that continue for a year or more. Since drought is a gradual onset of conditions…

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Alabama Watershed Stewards Workshops

Have you ever wondered what storm drains have to do with the water you swim in? Or why what you put on your lawn influences local fish? Have you wanted to know how healthy your local waters actually are or what can we do to protect and impr…

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Fish Relative Weight Calculator

Relative weight is an index used by fisheries biologists to determine if a fish is in good condition, fat, or thin. It is calculated by dividing the weight of a fish by the expected weight for a fish of the same species at the same length g…

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SerPIE: What’s in your soil and water?

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Pollution of soil and water resources by pharmaceuticals and…

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Removal of Unwanted Fish in Recreational Fish Ponds

Removal of Unwanted and Overpopulated Species of Fish is part three of seven in the Management of Recreational Fish Ponds series.

Fish populations in poorly managed ponds usually become out of balance and may become contaminated with unw…

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Weed Control and Wildlife Enhancement in Recreational Fish Ponds

Weed Control and Wildlife Enhancement is part seven of seven in the Management of Recreational Fish Ponds series.

Aquatic weeds are a common problem in farm ponds. Some aquatic vegetation might be good for the pond. Rooted aquatic vegeta…

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Evaluation of Pond Balance in Recreational Fish Ponds

Evaluation of Pond Balance is part six of seven in the Management of Recreational Fish Ponds series.

Managers should conduct an evaluation of bond balance every 1 to 2 years if fishing quality is unsatisfactory. District fisheries biolog…

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Fertilization and Liming in Recreational Fish Ponds

Fertilization and Liming is part four of seven in the Management of Recreational Fish Ponds series.

Fertilization provides planktonic algae with nutrients for growth much the same as fertilizing pasture increases grass yields. Proper f…

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Harvesting and Record Keeping in Recreational Fish Ponds

Harvesting and Record Keeping is part five of seven in the Management of Recreational Fish Ponds series.

Ponds should not be fished for at least 1 year after bass are stocked to let the bass reproduce. Once fishing begins, harvest the ba…

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Pond Construction and Watershed Management in Recreational Fish Ponds

Pond Construction and Watershed Management is part one of seven in the Management of Recreational Fish Ponds series.

Alabama has about 250,000 small ponds covering more than 134,000 acres. Ponds are usually built for several purposes: ir…

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Using Grass Carp to Control Weeds in Alabama Ponds

Controlling vegetation in ponds is critical to good management. Too much vegetation interferes with fishing, swimming, and boating. Nutrients that could be stimulating algae, which effectively support fish production, are used by weedy plan…

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Relative Weight: An Easy-to-Measure Index of Fish Condition

Fisheries biologists use many different tools and techniques to determine the proper management of fish populations in our lakes, streams, and ponds. Some of these techniques are fairly simple and can be used by pond owners to help manage t…

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Species Selection and Stocking in Recreational Fish Ponds

Species Selection and Stocking is part two of seven in the Management of Recreational Fish Ponds series.

The choice of fish to stock depends on the pond owner’s goals and on the resources available. It is very difficult to manage a pon…

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