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Summary for Field Activity Number 2009-047-FA

Area of Operations: Oyster Pond, Falmouth, Massachusetts, United States, North America, North Atlantic

Dates: June 19, 2009 to June 26, 2009

Objectives: Collect American eels and young-of-the-year river herring for the bio-geochemical study of mercury in Oyster Pond.

Type of Activity: Sampling

Information to be derived: Samples and Chemical Analysis
Biological samples

Summary: Eel traps were set at three locations in Oyster Pond on June 19. Bait consisted of frozen striped bass, held in a 4 oz. plastic jar suspended next to the neck of the trap, close to the small end. On June 23, the traps were recovered. The trap at the wooden dock at the end of Ransom Road contained a small and medium size American eel. The trap at the north side of Spohr Garden had one large eel. The traps were reset with exising bait. No eels were collected on June 26, and the traps were removed. On June 23, a dip net was used at the weir, just north of Surf Drive, to collect 26 young-of-the-year river herring that were migrating seaward.

USGS Project Number: 2921-BOF7T - Project Description

Contact: Mike Bothner (

InfoBank: uses the identifier P-47-09-MA. Visit this site for more information.

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