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Disappointing catch for LA River fish study

 The Los Angeles River flows under the 6th Street Bridge on February 21, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.
The Los Angeles River flows under the 6th Street Bridge on February 21, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.
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Saturday's biologist fishing trip to a section of the L.A. River in Long Beach came away with a disappointing haul: just a couple anchovies and carp to help assess the size of the area's fish population and the health of the river. 

Friends of the L.A. River has been catching, weighing, measuring, and collecting tissue samples from fish along the river for several months ahead of some of the area's revitalization efforts, spokesman William Bowling said.

"Twenty years from now we'll be able to say, 'O.K. Look, before the concrete was removed, we found these types of fish, and they were this healthy,'" Bowling said. "We're just kinda establishing a baseline. With all the restoration work that's going on we want to see the differences."

The group started studying the Willow Street Estuary in May, Bowling said. 

The volunteer fishermen and women have done similar outings to assess the habitats in the Glendale Narrows Section of the river and plan to study areas in the San Fernando Valley as well. 

The group hopes to have better luck when they return to Long Beach for a follow-up in January.