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

Florida Project


Using long-term monitoring data to evaluate Largemouth Bass and Black Crappie population dynamics amid environmental change

August 2021 - December 2023


Personnel

Participating Agencies

  • UF, FWC

Largemouth Bass and Black Crappie are popular sport fishes that are widely distributed across Florida and most of the United States. However, there is limited information about how long-term environmental alterations (e.g., changes in climate, aquatic vegetation coverage, lake trophic status) affect these species and the valuable fisheries they support. This knowledge gap, combined with the ecological and socioeconomic significance of centrarchid fisheries, makes it important to study the effects of environmental alterations on Largemouth Bass and Black Crappie population dynamics (e.g., growth, survival). Such information will fulfill a management need for these high-profile species in Florida. Our primary objective is to evaluate if and how climate change, hydrilla expansion, and cultural oligotrophication have affected Largemouth Bass and Black Crappie population dynamics in lakes across Florida over the last 15 years. We will develop a variety of statistical models to understand historical trends in Largemouth Bass and Black Crappie population dynamics using data from the FWC Freshwater Fisheries Long-term Monitoring Program. We will also conduct a detailed social-ecological investigation of a unique, intensively managed reservoir fishery noted for its Largemouth Bass abundance and size structure to understand interactions among fish populations, aquatic habitats, and fisheries stakeholders. Our research will yield insights for understanding long-term trends in Largemouth Bass and Black Crappie population dynamics and interrelationships among fish, habitats, and people across Florida, yielding management-relevant information for FWC and other partners in fisheries management.

Presentations Presentation Date
Coleman, Tyler Steven, Andrew K. Carlson, Robert W. Eckelbecker, Kimberly I. Bonvechio. 2022. Using long-term monitoring data to evaluate Largemouth Bass and Black Crappie growth in a changing climate. Annual Meeting, Southern Division of the American Fisheries Society, Charleston, South Carolina, 20-23 January 2022. January 2022
Coleman, T. S., B. C. Thompson, T. J. Knight, A. R. Hyle, T. R. Lange, B. Fontaine, A. Bernhardt, M. Vilchez, and A. K. Carlson. 2022. Volunteer angler data reveal social-ecological effects of reservoir creation in Florida. 152nd Annual Meeting, American Fisheries Society, Spokane, Washington, 21–25 August 2022. August 2022
Coleman, T. S., R. W. Eckelbecker and A. K. Carlson. 2022. Long-term evaluation of Black Crappie growth in a changing climate. 152nd Annual Meeting, American Fisheries Society, Spokane, Washington, 21–25 August 2022. August 2022
Coleman, Tyler Steven and A. K. Carlson. 2022. Fisheries management: an overview. Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society (Beast Feast), University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, 19 February 2022. February 2022
Coleman, Tyler Steven, A. K. Carlson, R. W. Eckelbecker, K. I. Bonvechio. 2022. Fisheries monitoring as a catalyst for cooperative research. Florida Chapter of the American Fisheries Society annual meeting, Haines City, Florida, 5–7 April 2022. April 2022
Coleman, Tyler Steven, A. K. Carlson, R. W. Eckelbecker, K. I. Bonvechio. 2022. Using long-term monitoring data to evaluate Largemouth Bass and Black Crappie growth in a changing climate. Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Coordinating Committee Meeting, Gainesville, Florida, 9 May 2022. May 2022
Vilchez, M., T. S. Coleman, and A. K. Carlson. 2022. Social responses to habitat manipulation in a new water management area. 152nd Annual Meeting, American Fisheries Society, Spokane, Washington, 21–25 August 2022. August 2022