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Members of Elkhart's Aquatics Program put on a fish demonstration by using electricity to stun fish in the water, then scoop them out with nets and bring them to shore where they explained the different kinds of fish found in the Elkhart and St. Joseph rivers. The second day of Rhapsody in Green festival took place on a sunny afternoon on Island Park on Saturday, June 14, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Members of Elkhart's Aquatics Program put on a fish demonstration by using electricity to stun fish in the water, then scoop them out with nets and bring them to shore where they explained the different kinds of fish found in the Elkhart and St. Joseph rivers. The second day of Rhapsody in Green festival took place on a sunny afternoon on Island Park on Saturday, June 14, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Members of Elkhart's Aquatics Program put on a fish demonstration by using electricity to stun fish in the water, then scoop them out with nets and bring them to shore where they explained the different kinds of fish found in the Elkhart and St. Joseph rivers. The second day of Rhapsody in Green festival took place on a sunny afternoon on Island Park on Saturday, June 14, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Members of Elkhart's Aquatics Program put on a fish demonstration by using electricity to stun fish in the water, then scoop them out with nets and bring them to shore where they explained the different kinds of fish found in the Elkhart and St. Joseph rivers. The second day of Rhapsody in Green festival took place on a sunny afternoon on Island Park on Saturday, June 14, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Members of Elkhart's Aquatics Program put on a fish demonstration by using electricity to stun fish in the water, then scoop them out with nets and bring them to shore where they explained the different kinds of fish found in the Elkhart and St. Joseph rivers. The second day of Rhapsody in Green festival took place on a sunny afternoon on Island Park on Saturday, June 14, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Members of Elkhart's Aquatics Program put on a fish demonstration by using electricity to stun fish in the water, then scoop them out with nets and bring them to shore where they explained the different kinds of fish found in the Elkhart and St. Joseph rivers. The second day of Rhapsody in Green festival took place on a sunny afternoon on Island Park on Saturday, June 14, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Members of Elkhart's Aquatics Program put on a fish demonstration by using electricity to stun fish in the water, then scoop them out with nets and bring them to shore where they explained the different kinds of fish found in the Elkhart and St. Joseph rivers. The second day of Rhapsody in Green festival took place on a sunny afternoon on Island Park on Saturday, June 14, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Members of Elkhart's Aquatics Program put on a fish demonstration by using electricity to stun fish in the water, then scoop them out with nets and bring them to shore where they explained the different kinds of fish found in the Elkhart and St. Joseph rivers. The second day of Rhapsody in Green festival took place on a sunny afternoon on Island Park on Saturday, June 14, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Aquatic biologist Daragh Deegan holds a catfish for kids to check out. Members of Elkhart's Aquatics Program put on a fish demonstration by using electricity to stun fish in the water, then scoop them out with nets and bring them to shore where they explained the different kinds of fish found in the Elkhart and St. Joseph rivers. The second day of Rhapsody in Green festival took place on a sunny afternoon on Island Park on Saturday, June 14, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Members of Elkhart's Aquatics Program put on a fish demonstration by using electricity to stun fish in the water, then scoop them out with nets and bring them to shore where they explained the different kinds of fish found in the Elkhart and St. Joseph rivers. The second day of Rhapsody in Green festival took place on a sunny afternoon on Island Park on Saturday, June 14, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Aquatic biologist Daragh Deegan holds a fish for kids to check out. Members of Elkhart's Aquatics Program put on a fish demonstration by using electricity to stun fish in the water, then scoop them out with nets and bring them to shore where they explained the different kinds of fish found in the Elkhart and St. Joseph rivers. The second day of Rhapsody in Green festival took place on a sunny afternoon on Island Park on Saturday, June 14, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Members of Elkhart's Aquatics Program put on a fish demonstration by using electricity to stun fish in the water, then scoop them out with nets and bring them to shore where they explained the different kinds of fish found in the Elkhart and St. Joseph rivers. The second day of Rhapsody in Green festival took place on a sunny afternoon on Island Park on Saturday, June 14, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)
Rhapsody in Green: Electric fishing with Elkhart's aquatic biologists

Posted on June 15, 2014 at 9:45 a.m.

Aquatic biologists pulled a stunning variety of fish out of a small area of the St. Joseph River using electric shock to stun them and scoop them up with nets.

Elkhart’s Aquatics Program regularly uses this technique to evaluate the health of waterways, but on Saturday the team displayed the fish at Rhapsody in Green festival.

Watch the video for a quick tour of some of the St. Joseph River’s 85 fish species including a pregnant carp, predatory fish, bottom feeders and large- and small-mouthed bass.