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Role of fish distribution on estimates of standing crop in a cooling reservoir

January 1, 1984

Estimates of fish standing crop from coves in Keowee Reservoir, South Carolina, were obtained in May and August for 3 consecutive years. Estimates were significantly higher in May than in August for most of the major species of fish collected, suggesting that considerable numbers of fish had migrated from the coves by August. This change in fish distribution may have resulted from the operation of a 2,580-megawatt nuclear power plant which altered reservoir stratification. Because fish distribution is sensitive to conditions of reservoir stratification, and because power plants often alter reservoir stratification, annual cove sampling in August may not be sufficient to produce comparable estimates of fish standing crop on which to assess the impact of power plant operations on fish populations. Comparable estimates of fish standing crop can probably be obtained from cooling reservoirs by collecting annual samples at similar water temperatures and concentrations of dissolved oxygen.

Publication Year 1984
Title Role of fish distribution on estimates of standing crop in a cooling reservoir
DOI 10.1577/1548-8659(1984)4<308:ROFDOE>2.0.CO;2
Authors D. Hugh Barwick
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title North American Journal of Fisheries Management
Index ID 1000507
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Great Lakes Science Center