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Managing Data to Meet Shrinking Budgets and Growing Needs

FITS Sponsored Symposium Presentations
Symposium Article

This year FITS sponsored a symposium on data management in fisheries. There were a total of 23 presentations given which covered a wide variety of areas relevant to data management. Below you can see summaries of the presentations as well as view the slides for the presentations.

Fisheries Data Exchange Standards Are Important to AFS

Douglas Austen, American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, MD
Thom Litts, Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Julie M. Defilippi, Data Team, Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program, Arlington, VA
Joanna Whittier, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife

A National Stream Internet

Member Submission


  • Massive amounts of water quality data, biological surveys, and habitat condition assessments have been collected by natural resource organizations throughout the U.S.
  • The National Stream Internet (NSI) project developed an analytical infrastructure that can be used consistently anywhere with existing stream databases.
  • Status and trend assessments for the nation’s aquatic resources can be greatly enhanced through application of NSI technologies at relatively low cost.


Accurate, high resolution information does not exist regarding the status and trends of water quality and

Using Side Scan Sonar to Assess Quantity and Quality of Spawning Habitat for Lake Sturgeon Acipenser fulvescens Below TVA Hydroelectric Dams on the Upper Tennessee River

Member Submission

Fisheries managers, aquatic ecologists, and others interested in studying the habitat quality and availability for fish species in freshwater systems often face an uphill battle. Unlike our esteemed colleagues in the field of terrestrial ecology, we usually cannot rely on widely available satellite imagery and high resolution topographic maps to detail the physical features found in our study organisms’ environment. The information provided in these sources often stops at the river’s edge, and thus the physical habitat in the underwater environment is often left shrouded in mystery.


Developing a National Fisheries Data Exchange Standard

Sponsored By: AFS Fisheries Information and Technology Section, Organization of Fish and Wildlife Information Managers
Symposium Article

Many agencies and organizations conduct fisheries and aquatic ecology surveys that result in a wealth of data needed by research and management communities. These data could significantly advance the goals of national and regional scale initiatives if information was more readily exchanged.

Gaining Better Understanding of Resources and Resource Users through the Application of Emerging Technologies

A summary of the symposium co-hosted by FITS and the Socioeconomics Sections at the Annual AFS Meeting in Quebec City
Symposium Article

The Fisheries Information and Technology Section and Socioeconomics Section co-hosted a symposium this year to highlight the use of new and innovative technologies in the study of fisheries resources and resource users. There was an excellent session that covered a range of topics from recreational and commercial data collection to the study of resource users through social media data.

The National Stream Internet Project

An analytical infrastructure for data on stream networks
Member Submission

​Hi Everyone, I’m writing with regards to a new national project we have underway that stream techno-geeks might be interested in. We call it “The National Stream Internet Project.” It’s prompted by the fact that accurate, high resolution information to describe the status and trends of water quality and aquatic biotas does not exist for the approximately 2.5 million kilometers of streams and rivers across the United States.

Drones – a fisheries assessment tool?

Should we be up in the air about drones?

Drones - perhaps you saw what the fuss was all about. The topic has surfaced in popular culture, science and technology circles, and even on the pages of Field&Stream.  In December, there were news articles about Amazon testing product delivery using drones (Unmanned Aerial System/Vehicle).  January was more interesting, when Lakemaid Beer (which I very much enjoy) launched a YouTube campaign touting beer deliveries to ice anglers.  Having experienced a beer shortage while ice fishing, I thought an excellent solution was at hand – until the FAA stepped in and grounded these flights. 


Why Open Source GIS Software Is Not For Me

I rely greatly on the complexities of commercial software to keep GIS novices ...

The November 2013 issue of Fisheries had a great article, and some interesting findings, on the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in fisheries management agencies (Eder and Neely 2013).  I wasn’t surprised to find a listing of mature open source GIS projects, nor was I surprised that the overwhelming majority of survey respondents are aligned with ESRI, a commercial GIS software provider.  But the article got me thinking and on the heels of the Quantum GIS 2.0 (QGIS) release in September 2013, I asked a colleague why we weren’t looking to QGIS to support our field biologists?

Fish Database Web Application in Missouri

Member Submission

Have you ever wanted to look at fish population indices from a body of water on the other side of the state? Or needed to compare the present fish population in a lake to that found 10 years ago? These are questions asked all the time by fisheries managers and researchers.

The Digital Revolution | RIP XP

Microsoft pulls the plug on its revolutionary OS

The computer police called and said it is the end of the line for your XP machine - you’ve got a new one, but…..