Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Wisconsin Fishery
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Wisconsin Fishery Project

Combining genetics, otolith microchemistry, and vital rate estimation to inform restoration and management of fish populations in the UMRS

July 2019 - December 2021


Participating Agencies

  • Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center

Understanding demographic and population structure is important for informing management, but little research has been conducted on this topic in the Mississippi River. This project will use three techniques, genetics, otolith microchemistry, and age/growth estimation to understand structure in multiple species within the Upper Mississippi River. The project is a collaboration between USGS, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and multiple universities including Southern Illinois. The data from this will be vital for developing new management strategies for this in this region.