Cast Nets are Useful Sampling Tools, and You Should Try One

casting-nets.credit.coastalscience.noaa.govCast nets are commonly used by both sport and commercial anglers in estuarine habitats along the southern U.S. coast, but they are rarely used by fisheries scientists, especially when compared to other gears. This is due to the fact that they require practice and skill to deploy, but also because sampling with them is considered non-repeatable. A new study reported in the current issue of the American Fisheries Society’s journal of Marine and Coastal Fisheries: Dynamics, Management, and Ecosystem Science (Stein et al. 2014) dispels cast net myths and examines them critically as a sampling tool.

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This journal review originally appeared in Fisheries Magazine – February 2015