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Southeast Fish and Aquatic Species Barrier Assessment Workshop

Fish Passage Workshop 2006.  Photo credit: USFWSOver 100 people attended this workshop, which was hosted by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, to learn about and discuss options for Aquatic Organism Passage (AOP) at road crossings in Southeastern streams. Engineers and biologists from state and federal agencies, departments of transportation, conservation groups, consulting firms, and universities were on hand to represent the states of NC, SC, GA, AL, TN, AR, VA, and FL. Day one of the workshop began with a welcome and opening remarks from Leslie Hartsell, the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Fish Passage Coordinator. Experts in the field of AOP then presented research on the swimming capabilities of small-bodied fish; assessment and inventory work that is under way in the SE; design standards for assuring AOP at road crossings; and developing policy to ensure the passage of weak-swimming organisms. During day two of the workshop, participants were placed in small groups to discuss issues concerning the challenges they face by having limited data on Southeastern small-bodied fish and other aquatic organisms; sort out how to begin to inventory, assess, and prioritize the restoration of existing AOP barriers; address whether adopting a stream simulation model in crossing design is prudent; and mull over ways to influence policy and regulations in order to ensure that road crossings are adequate for the passage of all aquatic organisms.

Workshop

WORKSHOP INVITATION

DAY 1 AGENDA

DAY 2 QUESTIONS/DISCUSSION RESPONSES

LIST OF ATTENDEES

Recommended Resources

FISH PASSAGE RESOURCES/USFS FishXing

FishBase

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Sponsors:

Equinox Enviornmental Conservation & Design, Inc.Equinox Environmental

Southewestern NC Resource Conservation & Development Council, Inc.
Southwestern NC

Pilot View Resource Conservation & Development, Inc.
Pilot View, Inc.

Carolina Land & Lakes Resource Conservation & Development, Inc.
Carolina Land & Lakes

Mountain Valleys Resource Conservation and Development, Inc.
Mountain Valleys

Blue Ridge Resource Conservation and Development, Inc.
Blue Ridge