Panama City Fisheries Resources Office: FY 2008 Annual Report

Panama City Fisheries Resources Office (2009) Panama City Fisheries Resources Office: FY 2008 Annual Report. Panama City, Florida, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Panama City Field Office,

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Abstract

HIGHLIGHTS FOR FY 2008 1. Completed the first of a two-year Gulf sturgeon population study on the Choctawhatchee River, Florida. The sub adult and adult Gulf sturgeon population was estimated at 2,800 fish. 2. Gulf sturgeon eggs were collected at three hard bottom sites in the Apalachicola River, Florida; two sites were previously confirmed spawning areas and one was a newly confirmed spawning area. 3. Documented 55 potential environmental threats to Gulf sturgeon spawning habitat in the Pea River, Florida and Alabama. 4. Assigned the Eglin AFB Road-Stream Crossing Working Group to guide the closure, repair and maintenance of roads and road stream crossings that impact threatened and endangered species. 5. Conducted 81 assessments of fish and stream invertebrates on and in watersheds surrounding Eglin AFB. 6. Provided technical support for the 5-year status review and reclassification proposed rule for the Okaloosa darter. 7. Initiated an intensive population genetic analysis of the Okaloosa darter throughout its range. Tissues from over 200 Okaloosa darters were collected and analyzed. 8. Established a GIS database to serve as a host for data from any sites sampled for mussels in Northeast Gulf of Mexico drainages. 9. Conducted habitat surveys at 115 locations in the Apalachicola River to assess the effects of drought-related mussel mortality and strandings, evaluate habitat conditions, and assess population demography. 10. A land use/aerial imagery threats assessment data analysis was completed for the Chipola River. A total of 266 impoundments/borrow pits and 471 unpaved road crossings were identified among the threats. 11. Okaloosa darters marked with elastomeric dyes were monitored in Mill Creek, Eglin AFB, to determine movement and habitat use following completion of a fish passage project. 3 12. Partners for Fish and Wildlife funded a streambank and riparian restoration project on Econfina Creek consisting of 3,900 feet of streambank fencing to exclude cattle access. One acre of riparian floodplain was planted with native trees. 13. We provided design and on-the-ground assistance for restoring surface hydrology at St. Vincent NWR. The project restored approximately 1.5 miles of tidal stream and 100 acres of wetlands. 14. A study was completed on 11 coastal streams to document large wood debris relationships with fluvial geomorphic characteristics. 15. We developed a Population Viability Analysis model for the fat threeridge mussel to determine current and future risk of extinction. 17. A Gulf Sturgeon Friends Group, “Gulf Sturgeon Preservation Society” was organized in FY 08. 18. Multiple outreach projects were completed to detail aquatic resource conservation needs and opportunities, including National Fishing Week, Earth Day, several festivals and school outreach.

Item Type: Monograph or Serial Issue
Title: Panama City Fisheries Resources Office: FY 2008 Annual Report
Corporate Creator/Author: Panama City Fisheries Resources Office
Date: 2009
Publisher: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Panama City Field Office
Place of Publication: Panama City, Florida
Issuing Agency: United States Fish and Wildlife Service. Panama City Field Office
Uncontrolled Keywords: fishery management; Florida; Georgia; Gulf sturgeon; ecosystem monitoring; Eglin Air Force Base; freshwater mussels; Okaloosa darter recovery;
Subjects: Ecology
Management
Fisheries
Planning
Item ID: 3550
Depositing User: Stephanie Haas
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2010 17:57
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 17:13
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/3550

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