The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, in collaboration with the United States Geological Survey, is conducting a basin-wide inventory of fish assemblages of the Mohawk River in Central New York. The Mohawk River supports a diverse array of fish species and is highly sought after by anglers for the smallmouth bass and walleye fisheries. The last comprehensive survey was conducted in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and since that time substantial changes have occurred throughout the basin. The introduction of non-native zebra mussels, changes in fish abundance, and alterations to many of the seasonal dams throughout the river requires that an up to date assessment of the fish community be conducted. A minimum of 24 locations will be surveyed using boat electrofishing (seen below) in 2014 and 2015. The goals of this study are to asses the condition of the current fish assemblages, quantify the relative abundance of the dominant species, and observe spatial and temporal variations in fish communities associated with seasonal and permanent impoundments. A number of non-game species will also be targeted to support collaborative research efforts throughout the basin. For additional information on this survey you can visit the New York Science Center web site here.
Photos Courtesy of Scott Wells, NY DEC