FROM POND TO HOLDING SHED
We often are asked how we transport fish from the ponds to the holding shed and then eventually to stocked ponds. The process by which we do this is called seining. Seining involves several tractors, a seine net and a portable holding tank. To start this process, the seine net is slowly dropped along the edge of the pond (see Seining Part 1 video below). Once the net is surrounding the pond, the net is slowly pulled in to crowd the fish. This is a slow process as the floats on the net can't dip below the surface and sometimes mud must be dumped from the bottom of the net under water. Once the net is approximately fifteen feet in circumference, stakes are placed in the pond to raise the height of the net so is easier to gather the fish for transport from the pond to the oxygenated transportation tanks (see video Seining Part 2). When the majority of the fish have been transported out of the pond, the seine net is pulled in tight to crowd the remaining fish and transport them out of the pond (see video Seining Part 3). This entire process can take anywhere from two to three hours depending on the size of the pond and the species of fish.
MEET THE FARM DOGS
PADDLE WHEELS AERATING PONDS
Once fish are placed into the oxygenated transportation tanks, a tractor drives the tanks to the main holding shed. Then, using a shoot, fish are quickly moved into holding tanks. Within about a week, fish are put into oxygenated tanks on a semi and on on their way to stocking your pond!
FEEDING ALBINO CATFISH