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Tuesday, February 7 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Poster Display. Reversing Habitat Loss in Reservoirs: No One Can Do It Alone

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AUTHORS: Matthew D. Wolfe, Fisheries Biologist, District 3 (Northeast Ohio), Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife; Dr. Joseph D. Conroy, Fisheries Biologist, Inland Fisheries Research Unit, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife

ABSTRACT: Impoundments across North America face the dilemma of habitat loss due to the natural aging process. The natural resource agencies who manage these impoundments are limited in what they can accomplish due to constraints in manpower and budgetary resources. These consequences ultimately affect the success of angler groups, who in turn have their own limitations on what they can do. With so many problems, it is imperative that all user groups collaborate to find solutions to achieve a common goal. Pymatuning Reservoir is a large, impounded reservoir that spans the border between northeast Ohio and northwest Pennsylvania. Since the Shenango River was dammed to create the reservoir in 1934, the lake has lost significant in-lake habitat, including the rocky debris and wooden stumps that served its highly successful fisheries. Such a large reservoir (5,929 ha surface area) requires an approach that will serve all its user groups and address both short term and long term goals. Each year, the natural resource agencies (Ohio Division of Wildlife, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission) collaborate with various user groups (Pymatuning Lake Association, Crawford County Conservation District) to place wooden cribs and rock reefs into the reservoir. The collaboration works well in that the user groups benefit immediately from these placements since they serve as fish concentration devices. But over time, the natural resource agencies are hopeful that these placements will serve as viable fish habitat that has been degrading away for decades.

Tuesday February 7, 2017 6:00pm - 9:00pm CST
Lancaster Ballroom

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