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2009 HAMP Data Arrives; Tens of Thousands More Fish Added to Growing Data Set
Midwest Region, December 7, 2009
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Electronic copies of the 2009 HAMP data have been returned from Missouri Department of Conservation.   A total of 48,152 fish were collected while conducting various sampling for HAMP. 

Forty three pallid sturgeon were captured with 40 collected while conducting experimental sampling protocols in the early spring.   HAMP also caught 4,336 shovelnose sturgeon, and 9,003 native chubs during the 2009 field season. 

Native chubs have been found to be an important food item for juvenile pallid sturgeon in parts of the Missouri River.  Columbia’s HAMP chub data set is likely the largest on the lower Missouri and continues to provide useful information on the health of the river and success of Army Corps of Engineers constructed habitat sites. 

The most abundant fish species was channel catfish with 7,879 fish captured.  Catfish combined, consisting of blue, channel or catfish too small to identify to species made up over a third of the total catch with 17,996 individuals.  That’s approximately 53,988 needle sharp spines that our crews handled and certainly represents some very sore fingers by days end!

HAMP is part of a multi-program monitoring effort on Missouri River to assist with the recovery of pallid sturgeon.  Missouri Department of Conservation is responsible for electronic data entry and data base management for several pallid sturgeon related monitoring programs.  Once entered, the data is returned to the individual field stations for analysis and production of reports, presentations and journal articles. 

These data were collected from the lower Missouri River between Kansas City and Saint Louis from spring through late summer. The majority of effort was focused on 18 river bends between Kansas City and St. Louis, MO, but also included some additional sampling efforts on the river in an attempt to answer specific habitat related questions. 

These data will be summarized in an annual report and combined with the four previous years of data to provide insight on constructed habitat use by fishes and the role of hydrologic events on the lower Missouri River.

Contact Info: Andrew Starostka, 5732342132 x119, andy_starostka@fws.gov
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