To remove what experts call undesirable species of fish, a generator, operated by boatmen on rivers and streams in Eire, is shocking them to the surface...
GV Electric fishing boat on river.
CU PAN ALONG..Poles bound with electrical wire, to two men holding plugs.
CU Fixing plugs into generator and starting generator.
LV Boat underway, two men pushing electrified poles through water.
CU Pole through water
LV Man removes stunned trout from river.
CU He looks at trout and throws it back into river.
GV Boat up river.
TV Ditto, Showing poles in water.
SV Man picks up a pike and places it in boat.
SV two more are fished from river and thrown into boat.
SV Man takes a trout from net and returns it to river.
CU PAN..from pole to man in boat.
SCU A stunned pike is fished out.
CU Pike is removed and thrown into boat.
CU PAN..Net is removed from river and two pikes are placed into boat, pan to pole in water.
SCU..Man looking at trout and returns it to river.
CU. two men pulling in boat to unload fish.
CU Carrying bucket of pike.
CU Sorting fish.
CU Man removes small fish from the mouth of a pike.
SV Sorted fish.
GV Boat back on the job.
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Background: To remove what experts call undesirable species of fish, a generator, operated by boatmen on rivers and streams in Eire, is shocking them to the surface... for removal and death. The good fish, stunned by the electrical shocks too, are put back again to live another day - for the angler to catch.
The fishery authority aim to remove the undesirable - roach and pike - this way, to safeguard the lives of up and coming salmon and trout.
The generator emitting a wave of shocks through the water is run on a small battery. In half an hour 100 pike were removed in a fifty yard reach of river. In this case the pike were transferred to a pike river.
The authority say the method is a valuable factor in studying too the population and breeding habits of river fish and also for assessing the effects on fish-life of drainage and pollution. At present the method is confined to small streams and rivers but it will be equally effective in deeper waters and on bigger fish.