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Juvenile native fish and sedative data from a laboratory and field experiment

Data for journal manuscript: An evaluation of sedatives for use in transport of juvenile endangered fishes in plastic bags


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Tennant, L.A., 2019, Juvenile native fish and sedative data from a laboratory and field experiment: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


These data were compiled for a study evaluating if rare or endangered fishes (e.g., Humpback Chub and Bonytail) can be transported in a shipping bag with 1-L of water and minimal sedative into remote locations. There were two components (laboratory trials and a field trial) of the study conducted in 2014 and 2017. Laboratory trials were conducted at the Rocky Mountain Research Station in Flagstaff, Arizona to evaluate three sedatives: AquaCalm, Tricaine-S, or Aqui-S 20E. Pilot trials were conducted with five fish (Bonytail) placed in a bag, where induction/recovery times, level of sedation, and fate after release were monitored for fish exposed to a sedative. Fish density increased to 20 fish (Bonytail and Humpback Chub) per shipping [...]


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Laura A Tennant
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Laura A Tennant
Metadata Contact :
Laura A Tennant
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U.S. Geological Survey
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U.S. Geological Survey - ScienceBase
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Southwest Biological Science Center
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The purpose of this data set was to determine if there is an effective method in which fish and wildlife managers can move endangered fishes at little cost. Currently, helicopters are used to transport and translocate endangered fish within the Grand Canyon, which is costly. In some cases, fish are being transported less than 10-km, a hike-able distance. Ornamental fishes are commonly sent by mail in small sealed plastic bags filled with oxygen, minimal water, and a small amount of sedative to reduce weight and shipping costs. We wanted to know if we can use these same methods to transport endangered fishes into a remote area within the Grand Canyon with little to no fish mortality.


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DOI doi:10.5066/P9QU97R1

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