Here our fish team uses the seine net to capture fish. It takes three to seine: two people tie or loop two corners of the net around their foot and hold the other corners in their hands to create a wall of mesh that the fish cannot swim through. The third person runs in front of the net, beating any bushes and kicking rocks to chase out any fish that might be hiding.
Carefully, the people with the net close in, then rapidly unhook the ankle ties and scoop up the net, trying not to let the fish slip out. Then they pull it from the water to see what they have! If there are only small fish in the area they might swim right through the seine, so the scientists will use a finer mesh.
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— Reported by Jensen Montambault
Photo: Co-team leader, Barry Chernoff, shows a Ye'kwana participant how to gather fish from a seine net.