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STOCKTON FWO: 2011 Interagency Ecological Program Workshop and California-Nevada Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Conference

Region 8, March 30, 2011
Attendees viewing a research presentation at the Interagency Ecological Program's annual workshop.
Attendees viewing a research presentation at the Interagency Ecological Program's annual workshop. - Photo Credit: n/a

By Jolene Willis, Stockton FWO

 

On March 30th, 2011, eleven staff members from the Delta Juvenile Fish Monitoring Program (DJFMP) of the Stockton Fish and Wildlife Office, attended the Interagency Ecological Program’s (IEP) annual workshop located at the Lake Natoma Inn in Folsom, CA. The workshop was held in conjunction with the California-Nevada Chapter of the American Fisheries Society’s (Cal-Neva) 45th annual conference, which was held on March 31-April 2, 2011. Five DJFMP staff members also attended the Cal-Neva conference.

The IEP workshop focused on the ongoing projects and findings of multiple agencies, organizations, and academic institutions working within the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Eighteen oral presentations were given associated with the natural resource management, food webs, habitat, and near-shore fishes of the Delta. There also were over 20 posters presented during a poster session which allowed attendees to read about research findings and converse with the authors. Jolene Willis, John Netto, and Lori Smith of the DJFMP presented a poster on the spatial distribution of native fishes using a restoring tidal wetland in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The larval and adult/juvenile fish data presented by DJFMP staff was collected through IEP funding in 2004, 2005 and 2010 at Liberty Island.

The Cal-Neva conference focused on the challenges created by new and existing threats to aquatic ecosystems including, but not limited to, invasive species, habitat degradation and loss, overexploitation, climate change, and the effect of the economy on fisheries resources and management. In addition to the many informative talks given, educational classes were also offered to provide certification in electrofishing and permitting for fish collection.

Attending and participating in the IEP workshop and Cal-Neva conference provided an outstanding opportunity for DJFMP staff to learn more about and educate others on the management, monitoring, and research of fishes within the Delta.

Contact Info: Joseph Kirsch, 209-334-2968 ext. 309, joseph_kirsch@fws.gov