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


Submitted by Thom Litts and Jeff Kopaska If you work for an agency or university, it has happened to you.  The computer police called and said it is the end of the line for your XP machine.  Get signed up for a new computer, and hand the XP one over to us.  Everything will be... Read More

Tablet Computers in Fisheries

Submitted by Jeff Kopaska Last month, I used the Gutowsky et al. article from the October 2013 issue of Fisheries to kick off further discussion of mobile computing devices for fisheries work.  That column addressed smartphones, and this month we will move on to tablet computers. Tablet computers are currently one of the fastest growing... Read More