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An Examination of Fish Spawning, Movement, and Habitat Utilization Patterns in the Battle Bend Region of the Apalachicola River, Florida
Goals and Objectives
Beginning in March 2006, in cooperation with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, we implanted 80 radio and acoustic telemetry tags in four species of fish: spotted suckers, spotted bass, largemouth bass, and redear sunfish (shellcracker). These fish were tagged and released in both the mainstem of the Apalachicola River and River Styx. In 2007, we began tagging 120 fish with acoustic telemetry tags in the mainstem of the Apalachicola River and in Battle Bend (Navigational Mile 28.8), which has been reconnected to the mainstem by removing over 64,000 cubic yards of sediment and debris. We will evaluate fish use of restored floodplain habitat (Battle Bend) to the use of an undisturbed floodplain habitat (River Styx) as an important spawning environment.
Available Outputs

Title: Fish recruitment is influenced by river flows and floodplain inundation at Apalachicola River, Florida
Authors: Dutterer, A. C., C. Mesing, R. Cailteux, M. S. Allen, W. E. Pine, and P. A. Strickland

Title: Importance of floodplain connectivity in the Apalachicola River, Florida. River Research and Applications (2012). River Research and Applications (2012). DOI 10.10002/rra.2567
Authors: Burgess, O. T., W. E. Pine, III, and S. J. Wal

Title: Pamphlet: Fish Spawning, Movement, and Habitat Utilization in the Apalachicola River
Authors: Pine, Bill et al.

Title: USGS Open File Report 2009-1145: Composition of Age-0 Fish Assemblages in the Apalachicola River, River Styx, and Battle Bend, Florida
Authors: Walsh, S.J., E.N. Buttermore, O.T. Burgess, W.E. Pine
Project Lead
Pine III, William E
Project Participants
Pine III, William E
Level 1: WI Affiliated Faculty Project
Water, Land Use and Ecosystems
Partner Name(s)
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
US Fish and Wildlife Service
US Geological Survey
Grant Award Dates
11/17/2006 to 6/10/2008