Tim Smith Posted March 25, 2007 Report Share Posted March 25, 2007 As 2006 approaches and the deadline for the ISA grant program bears down upon us, now is the time to begin applying for supplemental funds to enhance ISA conservation activities. One such program being considered would be a scientific angling and monitoring program based on ISA volunteerism. To gauge it's feasibility we need input about the level of interest. The project concept is based on the angler diary program (such as Paul T has been collecting) and citizen stream monitoring programs such as RiverWatch or Izaak Walton's Save our Streams. The focus would be on sites where stream restoration projects have been slated or important fisheries are found. There would be substantial input and guidance from state agencies such as the IDNR. The strength of an ISA program compared to other river monitoring programs would be that we are on the river more often than most other people and therefore have the potential to collect some fairly detailed data sets. Ideally too, the program would be FUN. We would look forward to doing it and we would find it easy to maintain the quality standards of the data we collect. The important question here is, “What would we consider fun and worthwhile enough to do.” Input from any source of any type would be valued here. The primary questions are: 1. Would we be interested in working on a stream monitoring program together? 2. What kind of monitoring would we be willing to do (listed below)? 3. What would we be willing to do that is not listed here? For instance, would we be willing to: 1. Keep a detailed angler's diary? 2. Take 1/2 an hour from regular fishing trips to fish to use a specific fishing method and record the results? 3. Spend a half hour angling with specific methods at a specific site? 4. Take a day or more a year to collect detailed data sets at one or more sites? 5. Keep a photographic archive of specific sites? 6. Attend a training session in fish identification and stream site monitoring? 7. Engage in follow up training and quality control initiatives to ensure data quality? 8. Keep online diaries and post data online? Depending on the level of interest, we might collect stream monitoring data including some of the following: 1. Fish surveys a. angling surveys b. kick net surveys c. electrofishing (supervised by the IDNR) 2. Invertebrate surveys 3. Substrate and habitat characterization 4. Bedload monitoring 5. Erosion monitoring 6. Monitor algae blooms 7. Riparian cover characterization 8. Mapping and quantifying fish nest sites 9. Photographic archives Some of the types of analyses this data might help include: 1. Comparing IDNR electrofishing survey results to angling results in a particular stretch of river. 2. Scientifically monitor the effects of stream restoration projects on angling success. 3. Scientifically monitor favorite fishing sites for changes due to human disturbance. 4. Compare the effectiveness of specific angling techniques, sites and habitats. What is our level of interest? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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