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Title: Relationships between fish and aquatic plants : a plan of study
Authors: Killgore, K. Jack
Dibble, Eric D. (Eric David), 1955-
Hoover, Jan Jeffrey, 1954-
Keywords: Fish habitat
Plant effects
Habitat classification
Sampling strategies
Management goals
Aquatic plant control
Plan of study
Literature review
Aquatic Plant Control Research Program (U.S.)
Publisher: U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station
Series/Report no.: Miscellaneous Paper (Aquatic Plant Control Research Program (U.S.)) ; no.Miscellaneous Paper A-93-1
Abstract: This report describes a proposed new technology area in the Aquatic Plant Control Research Program on fish/plant interactions. A plan of study (POS) is presented based on a comprehensive literature review of relationships between fish and aquatic plants, and input from two workshops held with State, Federal, and university researchers. The POS discusses the need for future research according to deficiencies in the literature and serves as a basis for prioritizing and designing studies on fish/plant interactions in different geographic regions of the United States. The purpose of the first two work units (Classification of Aquatic Plant Habitats for Fish; and Fish Distribution, Diversity, and Abundance in Vegetated Habitats) is to describe species composition and abundance of fishes associated with specific aquatic plant habitats. Once the habitat classification is completed, studies will be initiated to evaluate why fishes use specific piant naoitats. This question addresses functional use of habitats by fishes and will include work units on reproduction, feeding, and growth. The functional value of plants to fishes is an essential element in understanding the complex interactions of biotic and abiotic factors that regulate population maintenance and community structure of fishes. The last work unit on management strategies will interrelate the results of the descriptive and functional studies to determine how aquatic plants should be managed for fish. Demonstration sites will be selected, and different management strategies will be applied. The results of the demonstration studies will be used to produce the technology transfer products that Corps of Engineers Districts can use to simulate and predict the outcome of different plant management strategies on fish.
Description: Miscellaneous Paper
Gov't Doc #: Miscellaneous Paper A-93-1
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited
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