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Tuesday, February 7 • 1:20pm - 1:40pm
Technical Session. There’s an App for That: Digital Data Entry in Fisheries

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AUTHORS: Kirk D. Steffensen, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

ABSTRACT: We are in the era of instantaneous information needs; whether it is the weather forecast for tomorrow’s fishing trip, the sun rise-set schedule or latest fishing reports. Anglers are always interested in the most recent sampling or creel results. Traditionally, biologist record field data on standard paper data sheets which then needs to be key-punched, run through quality assurance queries and analyzed before reporting the annual changes or trends, generally months later. Digital data provides real-time data availability but does require a significant upfront budget and application development. Digital data entry then saves substantial time on the back end by running built-in error check queries and automatically running data assessments. For the past four years, the Missouri River Recovery Programs which includes the Pallid Sturgeon Population Assessment Project and the Habitat Assessment and Monitoring Project have been using a digital data entry format via the US Army Corps of Engineers developed SturgeonApp. The use of the SturgeonApp has greatly reduced data entry errors and have provided real-time data availability and assessment to monitor recovery concerns. This presentation will introduce our digital data entry devices and methods then show the associated benefits.

Tuesday February 7, 2017 1:20pm - 1:40pm CST
Grand Ballroom D