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Lake Erie Fish Community Data, 2013-2022

February 15, 2024

Assessing the distribution and abundance of both predator and prey (forage) fish species is a cornerstone of ecosystem-based fishery management, and supports decision making that considers food-web interactions. In support of binational Great Lakes fishery management the objectives of this survey were to: provide estimates of densities of key forage and predator species in the western basin of Lake Erie, to assess seasonal and spatial distributions of fishes in tandem with water quality information, and to assess year class strength. A systematic grid sampling approach with 41 stations was sampled via bottom trawl during June (Spring) and September (Autumn), starting in 2013. This data release adds 2022 data to the set for a total of ten years observation using the same gear and sampling design.

Publication Year 2024
Title Lake Erie Fish Community Data, 2013-2022
DOI 10.5066/P95PLVR7
Authors Richard T Kraus, Joseph D Schmitt, Mark R Dufour, Kevin R Keretz
Product Type Data Release
Record Source USGS Digital Object Identifier Catalog
USGS Organization Great Lakes Science Center