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

North Carolina Project

Development of habitat suitabaility index models for American Shad

August 2008 - June 2011


Participating Agencies

  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

The goal of this project is to develop an updated habitat suitability model for American shad. Approaches to be used include developing a database of spawning locations; collecting and synthesizing information on American shad spawning, with emphasis on studies since the original HSI model was developed; and conducting workshop to review preliminary models.

Research Publications Publication Date
Hightower J.E., J. E. Harris, J. K. Raabe, P. Brownell, and C. A. Drew. 2012. A Bayesian habitat suitability model for spawning American shad in southeastern United States rivers. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 3(2):184-198; e1944-687X. doi: 10.3996/082011-JFWM-047. | Abstract | Download | Publisher Website May 2012