Review of Georgia reservoir fish monitoring data and sampling procedures
July 2022 - June 2024
The Wildlife Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has regularly sampled fish populations across Georgia’s freshwater systems for over 30 years. The data collected are maintained in the Division’s Long-Term Fish Monitoring Database. Attributes recorded in the database include sampling event details (location and date), methods (gear and effort), and metrics on individual fish (e.g., species, length, weight). We are working with the Division’s Fisheries Section to identify research questions that can be addressed by the data and conduct analyses relevant to those questions. We will make determinations about the utility of the data for assessing status and trends of populations or fish communities, increasing monitoring efficiency, and designing focused monitoring or research efforts.