HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - How to rid Hawaii of invasive fish species in streams across the state? Dr Michael Blum, an associate professor at Tulane University, thinks he has the answer.
He says electrocuting them would be the best way, the process is called electrofishing.
"The principle of electrofishing is relatively simple. The idea is to introduce a current into the water and expose fish to the current so it effectively stuns them momentarily so you can collect them," he said.
Blum has requested the Department of Land and Natural Resources a special activity permit that would allow for an approximately six month long pilot program. It would take place in twelve streams on Oahu.
"The idea is to explore electrofishing as a management tool for removal of aquatic invasive species which are considered one of the top if not the top threat to native species in the streams of Hawaii," he said.
Blum says special care will be paid to native species.