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Wednesday, November 4 • 11:00am - 11:20am
Trout Population Monitoring within Nantahala River Bypass Reach, Macon and Swain Counties, North Carolina, in Response to Recreational Flow Releases

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Amanda M. Bushon, Jacob M. Rash, Christopher J. Goudreau –North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

Recreational flow releases were established within Nantahala River Bypass Reach through the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission relicensing of Duke Energy’s Nantahala Project. In 2012–2013, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, in conjunction with other resource managers, attempted to monitor the influence of recreational flow events on wild trout populations within Nantahala River Bypass Reach and Nantahala Tailwater. Monitoring included temperature loggers, fish population sampling, and fish held in live cages during the flow events. Temperature effects of release events were most pronounced during late summer and fall releases. Densities and standing crop estimates of adult wild trout did not vary substantially among the sample dates; however, age-0 Rainbow Trout were not present during the last sample date at either site. Short-term effects of the releases were not apparent in fish held in live cages. Although recreational releases have the potential to affect wild trout populations, stocking trout in the bypass reach remains a viable management approach.

Wednesday November 4, 2015 11:00am - 11:20am EST
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