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A technique for estimating the accuracy of fish locations identified by radiotelemetry

January 1, 1998

Radiotelemetry is a useful tool to describe habitat use by fish, but studies may inaccurately describe microhabitat use due to failure to account for errors when identifying fish locations. We developed a technique that identifies the extent of location errors of a hand-held radiotelemetry system. The ranges of location errors were determined among different observers, between land and water, and at an array of distances (5 - 125 m) between transmitters and receivers. No significant differences occurred among three observers at distances of 100 m or less or between transmitters on land or in water. Location error increased significantly with distance between transmitter and receiver; mean error was 0.5 m at 5 m and 4.5 m at 100 m. The 95th percentile of location errors was 1.5 m at 5 m and 10.5 m at 100 m. The number of trials needed to define location errors within 20% of the true mean (P ??? 0.05) was 109 at 5 m and 46 at 100 m. Determination of location error with radiotelemetry equipment can be conducted by two people on land with a relatively small amount of effort when the results are to be applied to relatively shallow waters.

Citation Information

Publication Year 1998
Title A technique for estimating the accuracy of fish locations identified by radiotelemetry
DOI
Authors D.G. Simpkins, W.A. Hubert
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Journal of Freshwater Ecology
Series Number
Index ID 70020836
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization