Symposium Summary: Gaining Better Understanding of Resources and Resource Users through the Application of Emerging Technologies

Symposium Summary The Fisheries Information and Technology Section and Socioeconomics Section co-hosted a symposium this year to highlight the use of new and innovative technologies in the study of fisheries resources and resource users.  There was an excellent session that covered a range of topics from recreational and commercial data collection to the study of... 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

FITS Contributes to 2014 OFWIM Meeting

The 2014 Conference and Annual Meeting of the Organization of Fish & Wildlife Information Managers was held in Flagstaff, AZ September 28 – October 2, 2014. Approximately 60 members and guests attended and shared more than 40 posters and technical presentations. Training classes on Python and Fulcrum were offered. There was fine weather for field... Read More

HTI Workshops Coming Soon

Using Acoustic Tags to Track Fish 5-6 February 2015 – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Attend Online or On-Site at University of Washington School of Aquatic Fishery Sciences, Seattle, WA This course addresses all aspects of tracking fish movement with acoustic tags, including three-dimensional tracking with sub-meter resolution. It includes hands-on-operation and a variety of fish... Read More

Developing a National Fisheries Data Exchange Standard

Symposium Summary Many agencies and organizations conduct fisheries and aquatic ecology surveys that result in a wealth of data needed by research and management communities. These data could significantly advance the goals of national and regional scale initiatives if information was more readily exchanged.   Improving data exchange between the United States and our international neighbors... 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

2015 MINK Data Conclave Announcement

No PowerPoints. No officers. No committees. The MINK Data Conclave was created to be an informal gathering of natural resource data and information managers in the four state area (all are welcome). We gather for one day in a round-table format to discuss projects our members have underway and offer advice, discussions, and sounding boards to each other. Unique... 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

Drones – A Fisheries Assessment Tool?

Submitted by Jeff Kopaska Drones – perhaps you saw what the fuss was all about. The topic has surfaced in popular culture, science and technology circles, and even on the pages of Field&Stream.  In December, there were news articles about Amazon testing product delivery using drones (Unmanned Aerial System/Vehicle).  January was more interesting, when Lakemaid... Read More

Why Open Source GIS Software Is Not For Me

Submitted by: Melanie Riley & Thomas Litts | 5/12/14 The November 2013 issue of Fisheries had a great article, and some interesting findings, on the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in fisheries management agencies (Eder and Neely 2013).  I wasn’t surprised to find a listing of mature open source GIS projects, nor was I... Read More