[volunteer/research]: Gillnetting/Purse Seining in Lake Washington

Get your hands wet in Lake Washington with the Beauchamp lab. No experience necessary – everyone’s got to start somewhere!

Lake WashingtonThis summer the Beauchamp lab will be pretty busy with two types of sampling on Lake Washington. I would love to have some help and share the fun of this fieldwork since it is so close to campus. Lake Washington Purse Seining

The first type of sampling is purse seining in Lake Washington as part of a study to estimate the abundance and predation impact of coastal cutthroat trout and northern pikeminnow on juvenile salmonids. We will be on the 70′ purse seine vesselMV Franciscan No.1. If you have not had a chance to see a larger type of sampling, this is a good opportunity get your hands slimy. We will be sampling nights, see google.doc or below for dates, and each night we will leave from UW at ~6:30pm and return by 6:00am, these times will shift based on sunset and sunrise but this is the longest we will be out. Each night we sample, I am looking for 2-3 volunteers to come out with us on the boat. You will be helping us to process the catch of planktivores as well as taking samples from any large fish.
Lake Washington Gillnetting
The second sampling opportunity is gill netting in Lake Washington to sample the on-shore food web. We sample for two-three days each month from now through October, see below or the attached google.doc for dates. I am looking for 2 people each day to help pick nets, re-set nets, and process our catch. We start at 7:00am, get back to SAFS by 3-4:00 pm,  and process the catch, which takes a couple more hours.
We have gloves, heavy rubber raingear, and boots in many sizes. You will only need to bring appropriate clothing, a headlamp (purse seining) or sunglasses (gill netting), and a lunch. Feel free to ask questions. Feel free to email me (clarkc25@uw.edu) to sign up or you can put your name down on the google.do and let me know. Thank you and see you on the water!
Casey Clark
Purse Seining Dates:
May 15th & 16th
June 12th & 13th
July 10th
October 12th & 13th
Gillnetting Dates:
May 27th & 28th (tentative)
June 2nd & 3rd
June 18th & 19th (tentative)
July 14th & 15th
July 21st & 22nd
August 11th & 12th
September 15th & 16th
October 6th & 7th

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