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Lake Erie Fish Community Data, 2013-2015


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Stewart, T.R., 2016, Lake Erie Fish Community Data, 2013-2015: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


Lake Erie Biological Station (LEBS), located in Sandusky, Ohio, is a field station of the USGS Great Lakes Science Center (GLSC). LEBS is the primary federal agency for applied fisheries science excellence in Lake Erie. Since 2004, LEBS has participated in a collaborative, multiagency effort to assess forage fish populations in the western basin of Lake Erie. Assessing the distribution and abundance of both predator and prey (forage) fish species is a cornerstone of ecosystem-based based fishery management, and supports decision making that considers food-web interactions. The objectives of this survey were to provide estimates of densities of key forage and predator species in the western basin of Lake Erie, to assess seasonal and [...]


Point of Contact :
Taylor R Stewart
Originator :
Taylor R Stewart
Metadata Contact :
Taylor R Stewart
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U.S. Geological Survey
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U.S. Geological Survey - ScienceBase
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SDC Data Owner :
Great Lakes Science Center

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WB_Catch.csv 4.35 MB
WB_ExpandedLengths.csv 11.8 MB
WB_LengthWeight.csv 1,022.98 KB
WB_WaterQuality.csv 390.5 KB
WB_Metadata (2).xml
“Metadata for Western Basin”
Original FGDC Metadata

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This data is intended for use by Lake Erie fisheries managers, academia, the fishing industry, and the public. The data sets are annually evaluated to provide estimates of abundance of key forage and predator species, to assess seasonal and spatial distributions of fishes, and assess year class strength of key forage and predator species in the western basin of Lake Erie. The data sets are then presented in an interactive, online format in which this metadata supports. Details about the vessel and gear descriptions, sampling protocols, and catch processing protocols can be found in the methods section of this metadata. The data will automatically update as surveys are completed in future years.



  • Great Lakes Science Center (GLSC)
  • USGS Data Release Products

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DOI doi:10.5066/F79C6VHJ

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