Number of individuals and injury rates of economically important fish passing through the P.H. Robinson Generating Station.
Landry, A.M., Jr.
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The number of individuals and injury rates of economically important fish passing through the P. H. Robinson Generating Station (1,465 MW) located on Galveston Bay, Texas was investigated February 1969-February 1970. Water temperature, dissolved-oxygen content, conductivity-salinity, hydrogen ion concentration (pH), and biological samples were taken twice weekly at four trawl (two in intake canal and two in discharge canal) and one revolving- screen stations. High mortality associated with the generating station nearly always was limited to the hot-water months when the least fish were present. The largest catch- per-effort values and lowest injury rates recorded for the revolving-screen station were generally observed in the night samples (2200 hr) and the afternoon screen samples (1500 hr) usually had the lowest catch-per-effort values and highest injury rates. Projections of 12 months of revolving- screen-sampling data indicated that approximately 7,191,785 fish weighing 40,288 kg ( 44.3 tons) were caught on the revolving screens in a year. Although this system was the best observed in Texas, the use of horizontal traveling screens is recommended to guide organisms into a bypass for return directly to Galveston Bay rather than the discharge canal during hot months.