New England WSC seminar series Elskus 20180502

Science Center Objects

Known in Turners Falls as ‘The Fish Lab’, the USGS Conte lab’s mission is the conservation of migratory fish.

Date/Time: Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 12:00 pm

Title: The USGS Conte ‘Fish Lab’: what we do!

Presented by: Adria Elskus, Supervisory Fish Biologist, Silvio Conte Anadromous Fish Research Laboratory

Location: USGS, Massachusetts Office, Northborough, MA

Abstract:

Known in Turners Falls as ‘The Fish Lab’, the USGS Conte lab’s mission is the conservation of migratory fish. Habitat fragmentation due to dams and poorly designed stream-crossings has significantly contributed to severe declines in commercial and recreational fisheries worldwide. Because there are tremendous variations in the swimming ability and behavior of migratory fish, their life histories and physiologies, in the size and structure of dams, and in the rivers themselves, there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ fish passage structure. I will review our multi-faceted approach to fish conservation which integrates the design and evaluation of state-of the-art fish passage structures, fish performance, the physiology of stress, behavior, ecology and energetics. I will also introduce ecosheds.org, a website that usesmathematical models of where fish are, in what numbers, and where they are likely to be, using animations readily understood by managers and the public.