Fisheries Technician at Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources - DNR
almost 2 years ago
A fisheries technician can have many different roles, so I will focus mainly on my role, but I will also give examples of some other roles the technicians may have. My main objective was to conduct creel surveys in Ozaukee and Sheboygan counties (so I was virtually never in an office). Creel surveys deal with collecting information from anglers about fishing trends, including data about which fish people are trying to catch, how many they have caught, how many they have kept, what bait they are using, and how long they have been fishing. During surveys, a creel clerk will also do point counts of anglers at a specific time (which helps determine where fishing pressure is in a given area). Getting this data is the most important part of this particular role, but a creel clerk is also required to write up weekly outdoor reports, which depict fishing conditions and trends over a given week. Finally, once the creel survey season is over, fisheries techs have the ability to enter data (from many different surveys) into the DNR system. Other roles of fisheries techs may include: assisting in stocking efforts, shocking fish, doing work on Lake Michigan (including perch netting), removing coded wire tags from salmon and trout (and reading them), collecting various data from different sources, and data entry.