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Effects of sampling methodology on fish based IBI metrics

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http://handle.nal.usda.gov/10113/60066
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Abstract:
It often difficult to determine the environmental soundness of rivers and streams particularly those that may have been impaired by farming as might be the case in the Mississippi Delta. Analysis of fish data can be simplified by calculating mathematical indices that provide a simple number that indicates an impaired or healthy stream. This research shows that while the index may provide a sound way of measuring stream ecological health the methods used to collect the fish data are always a little biased are not therefore interchangeable. Because the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality and U. S. Environmental Protection Agency routinely use the indices this, research will provide necessary information for the proper application of fisheries data when determining stream impairment.
Author(s):
Scott S. Knight , Jack Killgore
Note:
USDA Scientist Submission
Source:
Journal of Agriculture and Biodiversity Research 2014 Nov. v.3 no.8
Language:
English
Year:
2014
Collection:
Journal Articles, USDA Authors, Peer-Reviewed
Rights:
Works produced by employees of the U.S. Government as part of their official duties are not copyrighted within the U.S. The content of this document is not copyrighted.