Chesapeake Bay Brook Trout Assessment
To effectively manage vital freshwater resources across large geographic areas, resource managers need the capacity to assess the status of aquatic species, their habitats, and the threats they face. This on-line decision support tool provides that capability for Eastern brook trout across the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The tool allows users to characterize current and and potential future aquatic conditions, target and prescribe restoration and conservation actions, set strategic priorities, evaluate management efforts, and support science-based sustainable management plans on behalf of brook trout and associated species. The tool is accompanied by a user-friendly summary report and a technical report providing details on how the tool was created.
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Fishery and aquatic scientists often assess habitats to understand the distribution, status, threats, and relative abundance of aquatic resources. Due to the spatial nature of habitats and associated temporal changes, using traditional analytical methods is often difficult. This project developed habitat assessment models and outputs for brook trout in the Chesapeake Bay watershed based on a stakeholder driven process. In addition to assessing habitat conditions, GIS decision support tools were developed and provided to assist with resource planning efforts, at both the regional and site-specific scale.
Case Studies and News Stories
Science in the Stream - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region Conserving the Nature of the Northeast blog
Finding sweet spots for brook trout in the Chesapeake Bay watershed - North Atlantic LCC news
Todd Petty, Professor of Aquatic Science at West Virginia University
LCC Staff Contact(s):
Scott Schwenk, Science Coordinator