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Tuesday, February 7 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Student Research-in-Progress Poster Display. Assessment and Mapping of the Milwaukee Estuary Habitat

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AUTHOR: Brennan Dow, UW-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences
ABSTRACT: This ongoing research targets fishery improvement in Milwaukee Harbor through an ecosystem approach that includes an assessment of the diversity and location of existing forage, spawning habitat and development of a layered map that fills knowledge gaps with currently unknown habitat information (spawning and nursery areas, substrate, vegetation, bathymetry, forage, etc.). Both public and more detailed maps suitable for stakeholders designing fish friendly and land to water interfaces are currently being developed. By providing information about harbor habitat conditions to the project's stakeholders (i.e. WIDNR, Harbor District, Milwaukee Estuary AOC) in order to achieve the goals of these organizations, our final product will play an important role in the leading efforts to improve harbor conditions both economically and ecologically. As a result, we are looking for reasonable opportunities to increase diversity and abundance of desirable flora and fauna by supporting and connecting hot spots of biological activity by laying out a series of guidelines that partners can use to guide harbor revitalization efforts and planning documents that will produce the best results for the Milwaukee Estuary.

Tuesday February 7, 2017 6:00pm - 9:00pm CST
Olive Branch Room