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Fisheriesstandardsampling.org: A Simple Web-Accessible Tool to Compare Standard Fish Sampling Data

Duration

January 2010 - December 2017

Narrative

Recently, the American Fisheries Society developed standard methods to sample freshwater fish populations, publishing them in 2009 in the book “Standard Methods for Sampling North American Freshwater Fishes”. This project involved 284 scientists from 107 different organizations across Canada, Mexico and the United States. Data collected using standard methods gives biologists the ability to compare data across regions or time. An on-line web-accessible database program to compare fish growth, condition, length-frequency, and catch per unit effort data collected using AFS standard methods was developed. Development of this database is a collaborative effort among AFS, the US Geological Survey, the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, the University of Arizona, the University of Guadalajara, and a variety of other contributors. The database (1) provides on-line summaries of more than 4000 data sets of condition, length-frequency, CPUE and growth indices of common freshwater fishes, collected using standard gears from 42 states and provinces across North America; (2) allows easy entry of new data collected using standardized methods, so averages of commonly-used fishery indices can be updated; and (3) allows users to compare condition, growth and abundance of fish collected in a particular waterbody with regional (continent, ecoregion and state) and rangewide averages and percentiles, thus increasing resource information in a variety of areas. The database is programmed in a PHP-based Drupal framework and is in the pre-release testing stage. Please visit http://fisheriesstandardsampling.org for further information. The site is fully functional. An article describing the program was published in 2015 in Fisheries.

Research Products and Activities

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Bonar, S. A., M. Rahr, T. Torrey, A. Cate Jr., and N. Mercado Silva. 2012. Fisheriesstandardsampling.org. A simple web based tool to compare standard inland fish data. Version 1. American Fisheries Society. Web site and database program. Publisher Website | 

Presentations

  • Bonar, S. A. 2009. Symposium Organizer. Standard Methods for Sampling North American Freshwater Fishes. Annual Meeting of the Western Division of the American Fisheries Society. May 3-7, 2009, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
  • Bonar, S. A. 2009. Symposium Organizer. Standard Methods to Sample North American Freshwater Fishes. 139th Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society. Nashville, Tennessee. August 30 - September 3, 2009.
  • Bonar, S. A., M. Rahr, T. Torrey, A. Cate Jr., and N. Mercado Silva, 2012. Comparing Standard North American Freshwater Fish Data Using a Web-Accessible Database. 142nd Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, August 19-23, 2012.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 9

Phd Students: 1

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 43

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 25

Scientific Publications: 57

Presentations: 95

 

Personnel

  • Scott BonarPrincipal Investigator
  • Norman Mercado-SilvaStaff

Funding Agencies

  • Gift/donation account
  • National Park Service
  • U.S. Geological Society
  • USGS

Links

Arizona Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Arizona Game Fish Department
  2. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  3. U.S. Geological Survey
  4. University of Arizona
  5. Wildlife Management Institute