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Spatially-Explicit Fish Movements

PIE scientists have been leaders in using anadromous fish movements to inform watershed restoration efforts. Our research on river herring, a declining fish in Massachusetts, is providing new insights into fish ecology as indicators of watershed status, in linking freshwater dynamics to estuarine ecosystem function, and informing watershed restoration.

Frank, H. J., M. E. Mather, J. M. Smith, R. M. Muth, J. T. Finn, S. D. McCormick. 2009. What is 'fallback'?: metrics needed to assess telemetry tag effects on anadromous fish behavior. Hydrobiologia 35: 237-249.
Frank, H. J., M. E. Mather, R. M. Muth, S. M. Pautzke, J. M. Smith, J. T. Finn. 2009. The Adopt-a-Herring program as a fisheries conservation tool. Fisheries 34: 496-507.
Frank, H. J., M. E. Mather, J. M. Smith, R. M. Muth, J. T. Finn. 2011. Role of origin and release location in pre-spawning movements of anadromous alewives. Fisheries Management and Ecology. 18(1):12-24.
Martha Mather
Because the restoration of anadromous fish attracts interest of the coastal community, river herring can serve as a focus for watershed restoration activities.
Holly Frank
Native and stocked anadromous alewives both remained in pool habitat near where they were released.
Modified from Frank et al. (2011)



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