Game wardens made a shocking discovery when the busted some fishermen illegally electrocuting fish. The wardens observed the sketchy activity from a distance and waited on the men to come to the boat launch.
The Oklahoma Game Wardens posted about the encounter on their Facebook page.
Game Wardens make a shocking discovery.
Saturday, along the Kiamichi River in southeast Oklahoma, Wardens Jim Gillham (Atoka Co.), Eric Barnes (Pushmataha Co.), and Andrew Potter (Choctaw Co.) observed two boats that appeared to be fishing with illegal shocking equipment early Saturday morning on the river. After making the observations Wardens raced to a nearby boat landing and waited for the fishing crew. After making contact wardens discovered an illegal electrofishing device, wire leads, and 10 catfish that had been shocked and held in a boat’s live well. Multiple charges are pending on the subjects.
According to Wikipedia,
Electrofishing uses direct current electricity flowing between a submerged cathode and anode. This affects the movement of the fish so that they swim toward the anode, where they can be caught.
Electrofishing is a common scientific survey method used to sample fish populations to determine abundance, density, and species composition. When performed correctly, electrofishing results in no permanent harm to fish, which return to their natural state in as little as two minutes after being caught.
So while it is legal for government agency to conduct fishing surveys, the use by recreational fisherman is considered poaching. It removes the challenge and is in essence stealing from other anglers.