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Long Term Resource Monitoring Program Procedures: Fish monitoring

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Fishes are one of the most diverse and abundant natural resources of the Upper Mississippi River System (UMRS) (Carlander 1954; Rasmussen 1979; Van Vooren 1983; Fremling et al. 1989). Several features contribute to the great amount of interest fishes receive from the general public, fishery managers, and aquatic ecologists: a. UMRS fishes support multimillion-dollar commercial and sport fisheries. b. Fishes respond to a variety of hydrologic, water quality, and habitat variables. c. Scientists and fishery managers recognize fish communities as an integrative index to a complex set of physical and biological conditions on the UMRS; that is, fish are indicators of the biotic integrity of the UMRS. In addition, impacts of sedimentation, [...]

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  • Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center (UMESC)

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National Biological Service, Environmental Management Technical Center, Onalaska, Wisconsin

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