Fish Habitat Decision Support Tool
Combining spatial data with information from multiple assessments of fish habitat, this tool helps resource managers identify restoration projects that will support populations of aquatic species in the face of threats from climate change and development. Users can establish and rank conservation priorities, predict how species will fare under various management scenarios, and evaluate long-term conservation benefits for Eastern brook trout and associated species at multiple scales in multiple regions, including the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
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Estuarine Fish Habitat Assessment: A General Framework and Winter Flounder Pilot Studies
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 the North Atlantic LCC region that were developed based on a stakeholder driven process. In addition to assessing habitat conditions, GIS decision support tools were developed 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