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Request for Assistance on RFP

Good Morning, I am working with a business analyst to finish up an RFP to replace our current web-based fisheries data entry and storage system with a new one that will allow us to electronically collect data in the field. I know I’m not alone in this quest, so I’m asking if any of you... Read More

FITS Welcomes New Communications and Outreach Coordinator

The officers and members would like to welcome Sarah Grasty as our new Communications and Outreach Coordinator! We are all looking forward to getting to work with and know Sarah better. Below she tells us a little bit about herself. My name is Sarah Grasty and I am currently a senior biological scientist on a... Read More

FITS seeking new Communications and Outreach Coordinator

FITS is seeking a new Communications and Outreach Coordinator. This person is an appointed officer of the Section. We are looking for a motivated and interested individual, but no prior experience is necessary. If you are interested and want to discuss the position, please contact Julie Defilippi Simpson at julie.simpson@accsp.org. Description of Position from Bylaws... Read More

A National Stream Internet

Submitted by Dan Isaak KEY POINTS Massive amounts of water quality data, biological surveys, and habitat condition assessments have been collected by natural resource organizations throughout the U.S. The National Stream Internet (NSI) project developed an analytical infrastructure that can be used consistently anywhere with existing stream databases. Status and trend assessments for the nation’s... Read More

Using Sidescan Sonar to Assess Quantity and Quality of Spawning Habitat for Lake Sturgeon Below TVA Hydroelectric Dams on the Upper Tennessee River

Submitted by Daniel Walker Fisheries managers, aquatic ecologists, and others interested in studying the habitat quality and availability for fish species in freshwater systems often face an uphill battle. Unlike our esteemed colleagues in the field of terrestrial ecology, we usually cannot rely on widely available satellite imagery and high resolution topographic maps to detail... Read More

Symposium Summary: New Technologies Abound; Collaboration Trending Up

Submitted by Damon Hess and Katie Pierson November 18 (Portland, OR) – In a packed conference room of 109 participants from 35 organizations, Bill Bradbury challenged attendees at the “Emerging Technologies in Field Data Collection” workshop to become more efficient in their monitoring activities. As Northwest Power and Conservation Council Chair, Mr. Bradbury has been... Read More

Fish Bioenergetics 4.0 Update

Submitted by Steve R. Chipps FITS members – a quick update on Fish Bioenergetics 4.0. This summer we finalized a database that contains parameter estimates for 108 bioenergetics models —  quite an increase from the 33 models in Fish Bioenergetics 3.0!  We also completed a literature review of bioenergetics models and developed an Endnote library... Read More

The National Stream Internet Project

Submitted by Dan Isaak Hi Everyone, I’m writing with regards to a new national project we have underway that stream techno-geeks might be interested in. We call it “The National Stream Internet Project.” It’s prompted by the fact that accurate, high resolution information to describe the status and trends of water quality and aquatic biotas... Read More

FINS: The Fish Database Web Application in Missouri

Submitted by Dave Mayers & Rodney Britt Have you ever wanted to look at fish population indices from a body of water on the other side of the state?  Or needed to compare the present fish population in a lake to that found 10 years ago?  These are questions asked all the time by fisheries... Read More