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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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Tuesday, October 23 • 2:20pm - 2:40pm
Fisheries 3 Track: Implementation of Alabama’s River Assessment and Monitoring Program

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AUTHORS:  Jason Dattilo, Steven J. Rider – Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division

ABSTRACT:  Alabama is home to over 132,000 miles of rivers and streams. These flowing waters support the highest fish biodiversity among all States with over 320 fish species. Unfortunately, over 20% of these fish species are considered imperiled. Fifteen major river systems plus the Mobile Delta constitute a large part of these flowing or non-wadeable waters in Alabama where these imperiled fishes reside. A recent study conducted by Auburn University developed sampling protocols for Alabama’s non-wadeable waters to monitor the fish communities in these systems. This study recommended using bank-line boat electrofishing method to assess the fish community. Fall was determined to be the best time to sample. Night electrofishing was more efficient than day in the larger rivers, but similar in the smaller rivers. This is the first statewide standardized sampling program for non-wadeable flowing waters in Alabama. We discuss the initiation and implementation of this new program in Alabama. This program will provide additional data and information to allow the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to better manage fish communities, imperiled fishes, environmental flows, water quality, and habitat.

Tuesday October 23, 2018 2:20pm - 2:40pm CDT
Bon Secour Bay I

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