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Wednesday, January 31 • 8:40am - 9:00am
HUMAN DIMENSIONS & FISHERIES: Bridging the Social-Ecological Gap with Anglersheds

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AUTHORS. Christine N. Ruskamp, Mark A. Kaemingk – Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, and School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Christopher J. Chizinski, School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Kevin L. Pope, U.S. Geological Survey-Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, and School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

ABSTRACT. Anglers are an important, but often overlooked, component of a recreational fishery.  Anglers mobility coupled with seasonal influences on catch rates create assumed spatial and temporal interactions between anglers and waterbodies. However, we know little about angler behavior, especially how participation may vary across spatiotemporal scales. Waterbody-specific anglersheds were constructed from frequencies of anglers’ zip codes that were collected during on-site interviews (April-October 2014-2017) at prominent Nebraska reservoirs.  We used these anglersheds to graphically depict relevant spatial and temporal relationships between anglers’ residences and waterbodies on the landscape. Anglersheds, dynamic in both space and time, differed across waterbodies suggesting unique social-ecological relationships and properties among these Nebraska recreational fisheries. We highlight the utility of anglersheds and how they could unlock critical linkages between the proximity of anglers and waterbodies on a landscape.  Our approach could be extended to other social-ecological systems to explore spatial and temporal relationships between dependent users and resources.

Wednesday January 31, 2018 8:40am - 9:00am CST
103C