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Public Opinions of Native Fishes in the Black Hills


July 2017 - September 2019


Maintaining in-tack native fish communities in the Black Hills is difficult due to stocking of game fishes throughout the area. In addition to biological constraints in maintaining some areas with only native fishes will be public opinion, since none of the native fishes in the Black Hills are targeting by anglers. This proposed research is designed to measure Black Hills resident’s understanding, attitudes and values relative to native fishes and native fish management issues. Given the importance of fishing in the Black Hills, having an understanding of the publics’ attitudes, values related to native fishes and their management will be essential if a goal of maintaining some selected areas containing only native fishes is important.

Research Products and Activities


  • Fopma, S. J., and Gigliotti, L. M. 2018. Assessing opinions towards native fish management in the Black Hills region of South Dakota. 54th Annual Meeting of the Dakota Chapter of the American Fisheries Society. February 28, Brookings, SD

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 239

Phd Students: 144

Post Docs: 55

University Staff: 239

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 670

Scientific Publications: 1897

Presentations: 4193



Funding Agencies

  • South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey