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dc.contributor.authorBezold, Justin David
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-04T02:43:16Z
dc.date.available2014-03-04T02:43:16Z
dc.date.issued2007-08
dc.identifier.otherbezold_justin_200708_ms
dc.identifier.urihttp://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/bezold_justin_200708_ms
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10724/24072
dc.description.abstractLake sturgeon were extirpated from the Coosa River System during the 1970’s, after years of anthropogenic influence. In 2002, the GADNR began a long-term reintroduction program with the first annual stocking of lake sturgeon in the Coosa. From March 2004 to March 2007, I collected data on age, growth, and habitat use to assess reintroduction efforts. I also collected data on naïve and naturalized fish performance in a radio-telemetry study. Survival of stocked fish was low, but fish from each cohort have recruited to the juvenile population. Coosa lake sturgeon are in relatively good condition, but fish growth is slower compared to northern populations. Habitat use is consistent with previous reports, but summer water quality limits habitat availability in the Coosa. Naturalized lake sturgeon outperformed naïve fish in the telemetry study. The reintroduction is an initial success but many more years of data are required before complete success is determined.
dc.languageeng
dc.publisheruga
dc.rightspublic
dc.subjectlake sturgeon
dc.subjectreintroduction
dc.subjectCoosa River
dc.subjectGeorgia
dc.subjectrestoration
dc.titleLake sturgeon reintroduction in the Coosa River, Georgia - Alabama
dc.title.alternativea short term assessment of efforts
dc.typeThesis
dc.description.degreeMS
dc.description.departmentForest Resources
dc.description.majorForest Resources
dc.description.advisorDoug Peterson
dc.description.committeeDoug Peterson
dc.description.committeeJohn Maerz
dc.description.committeeJames Peterson


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