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Long-Term Monitoring of Kansas River Fishes

Investigators
Andy Makinster, M.S. 2006
Jeff Eitzmann, M.S. 2008
Joe Gerken, Ph.D. student
Jason Fischer, M.S. 2012
Dr. Craig Paukert
Dr. Martha Mather

Project Supervisor
Dr. Craig Paukert 2005-2010
Dr. Martha Mather

Funding
Kansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism

Cooperators
Kansas Department of
Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism
Dr. Keith Gido
Location
Kansas River in eastern Kansas
Status
Ongoing
Completion
Ongoing
Objectives
Develop long-term monitoring program for fishes in the Kansas River.
Progress and Results
Developing long-term monitoring of fish and wildlife populations is essential to determine future effects of disturbance, climate change, or other effects that may impact biodiversity. We began a long term monitoring program of fishes in the Kansas River beginning March 2005. Since March 2005, we have electrofished 36 stations 5 times per year within 6 reaches of the Kansas River. These six reaches consist of sample sites near Kansas City, Lawrence below Bowersock Dam, Lawrence above Bowersock Dam, Topeka, Wamego, and Manhattan, Kansas. All species of fish are weighed and measured at each site, and individually numbered t-bar tags are attached to selected species (blue suckers, shovelnose sturgeon, flathead catfish, channel catfish, and other large bodied fishes). To date over 3,398 fish have been collected in this program. Data from this program have been used by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, and in several research projects at Kansas State University.