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Tuesday, January 30 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Poster Display. Monitoring Catch Success of Turtles in Pool 12 of the Upper Mississippi River

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AUTHORS: Jacob A. Wolfe, Daniel W. Pike, David E. Koch - University of Dubuque, Iowa

ABSTRACT: Turtles are an important part of Upper Mississippi River system, they play a large role in nutrient cycling and can serve as aquatic scavengers. In support of a long-term project on 9-Mile Island in Pool 12 of the Upper Mississippi River we conducted a study that analyzed trap success based on location and presence of bait in traps.  Eight hoop nets were deployed in four pairs with a lead net between each pair.  Two pairs were set in lentic backwater and two were set in lotic areas of the river. In each pair of nets, one contained bait while the other remained without bait. Nets were checked daily. We found that we had more trap success in nets without bait and in lentic areas. Species distributions were minimally different between them.   

Tuesday January 30, 2018 6:00pm - 9:00pm CST
Ballroom C & Foyer

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