Effects of harvesting aquatic bait species from a small West Virginia stream (part I); and, Crayfish marking with flourescent pigment (part II)

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1974
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Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
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Fluorescent granular pigment sprayed with 738 g/cm² (105 p.s.i .) for 5, 10, 20 second intervals was used to mark crayfish in a laboratory study. The pigment was retained by 100% of the unmolted crayfish 35 days after treatment and by 65% of the crayfish 56 days after treatment. Crayfish which were induced to molt after being sprayed generally lost the fluorescent pigment during the molt. Mortality, (2%), due to the marking procedures was minimal.

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