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Mingo NWR Sampling a Success!
Midwest Region, July 7, 2010
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This year, staff from Columbia FWCO participated in an annual fish community survey at Mingo NWR.  The study is linked to the reintroduction of alligator gar at the refuge.  The crew consisted of Brian Elkington and Brandon Baumhoer.  With help from the Missouri Department of Conservation and Mingo National Wildlife Refuge, we successfully sampled fish communities in the Battleship Slough and outlying marsh areas of the refuge. 

 

This was a unique opportunity for our staff to experience a unique aquatic ecosystem a world away from the Missouri River issues that are dealt with on a daily basis.  Many species of fish that our office rarely deals with were documented, including bowfin and chain pickerel.

 

For the last five summers fish have been sampled on the refuge in an array of habitats using multiple collection methods.  These studies were conducted in order to gain perspective on the entire fish community present on the refuge.  This information can now be used as a basis of comparison, when future studies beg the question, “what affect are alligator gar having on the ecosystem?” 

Contact Info: Brian Elkington, (573) 445-5001 ext 25, Brian_Elkington@fws.gov



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