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Education, Research And Technical Assistance For Managing Our Natural Resources
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Review, revision and development of new monitoring protocols


January 2015 - December 2018


In 1986 the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) initiated a standardized monitoring program to support statewide fisheries management activities. The program included directives about how, where, when, and how much to sample, and was accompanied with software that facilitated standardized data management and reporting. The monitoring guidelines and software have been revised every decade to keep pace with new developments, but the backbone of the monitoring program has remained constant. During this 30-year period MDWFP has assembled a database that includes over 1,100 fish surveys in 150 lakes, and near 500 angler surveys in 75 lakes. This database has been used to develop lake-specific management plans that focus on managing lake habitat, fish populations, and the angler experience. Plans for the future of MDWFP’s monitoring and management system include implementation of a structured approach to make decisions about actions to meet management objectives and monitoring needs.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 8

Phd Students: 2

Post Docs: 0

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 10

Scientific Publications: 51

Presentations: 66



Funding Agencies

  • Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks


Mississippi Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks
  2. Mississippi State University
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute