Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center
Documenting the use of the Long Term Resource Monitoring element’s fish monitoring methodologies throughout the Midwest
Solomon, L.E., and Casper, A.F., 2016, Documenting the use of the Long Term Resource Monitoring element’s fish monitoring methodologies throughout the Midwest: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Upper Mississippi River Restoration Program, Long Term Resource Monitoring Technical Report 2016–T001, 15 p., including appendixes, http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/70175438
The Upper Mississippi River Restoration (UMRR) Program’s Long Term Resource Monitoring (LTRM) element is designed to monitor and assess long term trends in the Upper Mississippi River System (UMRS). To accomplish this, standardized methods are used that allow for comparisons across pools and rivers. In recent years, other projects and other agencies have adopted the LTRM fish methodologies for use outside the UMRR. To determine how widespread the use of the Fish Component’s methods are, a twelve question survey was delivered via SurveyMonkey.com through the states comprising the American Fisheries Society (AFS) North Central Division and the Upper Mississippi River Conservation Committee. Approximately 2,000 professionals were reached with ≈11 percent participating. Results indicate that nearly all (95 percent) respondents use standardized methods in their sampling and 48 percent are familiar with the LTRM fish methodologies. Roughly one-third (35 percent) of all respondents have used the methods in the past and most (78 percent) of those have modified the methods to suit the information needs specific to their fishery. Results indicate that the LTRM methods have indeed spread outside the UMRR and are now a well-known and potentially widely used technique to sample fish communities.