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Tuesday, February 7 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Student Research-in-Progress Poster Display. Utility of Anglersheds for Understanding Recreational Fisheries

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AUTHOR: Christine Ruskamp, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
ABSTRACT: Anglers are an important component of a recreational fishery, even being referenced as agents of change. An angler’s mobile nature, driven by a desire to participate in angling, coupled with the seasonality of a year, creates assumed fluctuations in participation at a waterbody. Despite this, there is little understood about angler behavior, especially spatiotemporal participation on patch and ecosystem scales. The aim of my research will be to link angler geographic information (e.g., residence) to angler behavior information among reservoirs. This approach will allow assessment of spatiotemporal patterns and dynamics at multiple scales presumably important for understanding social-ecological relationships within recreational fisheries. I will use on-site interview data collected from anglers at prominent Nebraska reservoirs to construct “anglersheds” or areas of influence for those reservoirs. I will then use demographic information, waterbody information, and catch information to attempt to explain (anticipated) temporal dynamics in anglersheds that occur within and among years. Ultimately, I hope to improve understanding of angler behavior at the landscape level to inform management decisions.

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

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