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The following schedule is from the 72nd Annual Conference of the Southeastern Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies which was held October 21-24, 2018 in Mobile, Alabama. 
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Monday, October 22 • 4:20pm - 4:40pm
(CANCELLED) Fisheries 1 Track: Population Status of Florida’s Species of Greatest Conservation Need from the Escambia Watershed

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AUTHORS: John R. Knight, Jason H. O'Connor, Chelsea E. Myles-McBurney, Kayla J. Smith – Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

ABSTRACT: Research on rare and cryptic species allows us to determine population status and trends, filling knowledge gaps where data is typically lacking. With more comprehensive data we can create better and more effective conservation plans in the future for species of concern. In Florida, Crystal Darter (Crystallaria asprella), Gulf Sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus desotoi), Saddleback Darter (Percina vigil), Pallid Chub (Macrhybopsis pallida), Southern Logperch (Percina austroperca), and River Redhorse (Moxostoma carinatum) are considered Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN). Each of these species requires gravel to complete a least a portion of their life cycle. Using a Siamese trawl, we sampled gravel and sand bars in the Escambia River, Florida from 15 December 2016 to 26 April 2018. We found that catch was dominated by the Saddleback Darter (CPUE = 5.5270 ± 0.503676). Pallid Chub (CPUE = 1.9162 ± 0.2551) and Southern Logperch (CPUE = 0.3567 ± 0.1000) were present but less common than the Saddleback Darter. Crystal Darter were relatively rare (CPUE = 0.0783 ± 0.020), but nearly 10 times more common at night compared to daytime sampling. A single River Redhorse was captured. Future studies will include benthic trawling of the Yellow and Choctawhatchee Rivers in Northwest Florida and continued sampling in the Escambia River, Florida.

Monday October 22, 2018 4:20pm - 4:40pm CDT
Bon Secour Bay I

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