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SEAFWA 2018 has ended
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. 
Monday, October 22 • 5:30pm - 7:00pm
(CANCELLED) Poster: Evaluation of Large-Scale Habitat Enhancement in Newly Inundated Fellsmere Reservoir

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AUTHORS: Fontaine, B.V.; A.C. Bernhardt; T.R. Lange; P. M. Schueller - Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

ABSTRACT: Increasing human populations in Florida are expected to have effects on freshwater resources. The need for flood control and nutrient filtering impoundments will likely increase in the future. One of these impoundments, Fellsmere Water Management Area (FWMA) was flooded in 2016. The 10,000-acre property purchased by the St. Johns Water Management District was flat and monotypic agricultural land, not ideal for fish habitat. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) made habitat improvements in selected areas of the reservoir. Including roughly 1,800 acres that has been modified to create divots, ditches, humps, shelves and other land configurations that are expected to hold fish and enhance the sport fishery. The habitat enhancements cost more than one million dollars to complete. Therefore, research is needed to determine the impact that the created habitat will have on the fish community, and sport fishery. FWMA represents a unique opportunity to study biological, chemical, and physical responses to flooding. We have completed the second year of this five-year evaluation. Results of this evaluation are being processed and will be presented in poster format.

Monday October 22, 2018 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Bon Secour Bay Ballroom & 2nd Level Foyer