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Identification of American shad spawning habitat in the Pee Dee River, North Carolina and South Carolina

Riffle habitat in upper Pee Dee River

Duration

September 2009 - December 2010

Narrative

As part of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) relicensing application, future transport and volitional passage structures for anadromous fish, such as American shad, are being considered for Blewett Falls Dam. Identification and description of presently used spawning habitat could help evaluate the potential of upstream habitat to support spawning American shad.

Project Objectives:

1) Delineate main spawning areas for American shad in the Pee Dee River.

2) Identify characteristics of spawning habitat, including temperature, dissolved oxygen, current velocity and substrate type to evaluate habitat selection in this river, as well as to help update/validate the habitat suitability model presently in revision for American shad.

Research Products and Activities

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Harris, J. E., and J. E. Hightower. 2011. Identification of American shad spawning sites and habitat use in the Pee Dee River, North Carolina and South Carolina. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 31:1019-1033.
 

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 4

Masters Students: 3

Phd Students: 5

Post Docs: 3

University Staff: 25

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 28

Scientific Publications: 100

Presentations: 168

 

Personnel

Funding Agencies

  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Links

North Carolina Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. North Carolina State University
  2. North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute