Temperature is one of the most important environmental factors controlling the distribution and behavior of fishes. Fish often inhabit a specific thermal niche where they optimize physiological performance. Although water temperature requirements and preferences vary according to individual species and life stage, of interest and relevance to us is continual engagement in field projects investigating thermal preferences and tolerances exhibited by species of interest (e.g. Chinook and Coho Salmon).
We have performed water temperature analyses in support of various research projects since 2008. Currently a multi-year thermal monitoring study within the numerous watersheds throughout Alaska and will require water temperature data to help understand how thermal conditions may influence salmonid distribution and abundance.
Live temperature monitoring available soon for the following locations: Kenai River, Upper Moose Creek, Ugashik River, and Egegik River.