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Tuesday, January 29 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm
(STUDENT RESEARCH POSTER 9) Using Geographic Data from Angler Apps to Map Aquatic Connectivity from Angler Movement as a Vector of Invasive Species

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AUTHORS: Jessica Weir, Ball State University

ABSTRACT: Some of the largest threats to diversity include overexploitation and aquatic invasive species (AIS) spread. Recreational fishing and boating are vectors of AIS, and management is often concerned with minimizing the risks associated with angler movement across the aquatic landscape. While data collection and mitigation projects for management and conservation often involve expensive specialized equipment, multiple man-hours, and proper training for the individuals carrying out the work, there exist more economic modes of passive data collection. Smartphones, utilized by millions worldwide, come standard with data-gathering tools including GPS and high-resolution digital cameras. This hardware, paired with broad network coverage, creates an exciting opportunity for sharable, mobile measurement of fisheries data. Fishbrain is a privately-owned smartphone application that is available for free worldwide, generating an extensive local, national, and international network of recreational anglers. The app users connect with each other and voluntarily share angling information about their fish catches. Data stored and freely shared with scientific research partners include: species identification, size, geographic location, and fishing method. In this study, we will utilize the geographic information to assess the fine-scale movement of recreational anglers. More particularly, we are mapping the movement of anglers as a network of aquatic connectivity across the United States and Canada to compare to current distributions of AIS. The next phase of this study will compare the angler connectivity network to the existing hydrologic connectivity network as vectors of AIS spread.

Tuesday January 29, 2019 6:00pm - 9:00pm EST

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