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Patrick Kocovsky

Research Fishery Biologist

Great Lakes Science Center

Office Phone: 419-625-1976
Fax: 419-625-7164
ORCID: 0000-0003-4325-4265

6100 Columbus Avenue
Sandusky , OH 44870

Supervisor: Richard T Kraus
Hydroacoustic estimates of fish density are used for fisheries management in central Lake Erie. Hydroacoustic data were collected along up to four cross-lake transects in central Lake Erie July 2010 through July 2019. Software-generated raw variables used for calculating estimates of hydroacoustic fish densities are presented here.
Hydroacoustic estimates of fish density are used for fisheries management in central Lake Erie. Data are sometimes collected from multiple vessels, raising the question of comparability of data collected among vessels. Hydroacoustic data were collected along three cross-lake transects in central Lake Erie in July, 2014 from three different vessels using similar equipment. Several variables derived from hydroacoustic data and fish densities calculated from those variables were compared between the standard vessel used typically for hydroacoustic data collection and two other vessels used occasionally. The data used in those analyses are presented here.
A newer version of these data is available at Grass Carp Ctenopharyngodon idella was imported to the United States in the 1960s for research into its usefulness as a biocontrol agent for nuisance aquatic vegetation. Escapees and intentionally stocked individuals founded wild, spawning populations in the Mississippi River and tributaries to the Laurentian Great Lakes. USGS-led research on the Sandusky River, a tributary to Lake Erie, demonstrated spawning of Grass Carp in 2015. In 2017, sampling with ichthyoplankton nets in the Sandusky River produced thousands of fertilized eggs on four dates during two distinct spawning events. We used published keys to estimate developmental...
This table contains Carbon and Nitrogen stable isotope data for Silver Chub (Macrhybopsis storeriana), dreissenid mussels, and Hexagenia spp. mayflies from western Lake Erie in 2014. Samples were collected between May and September 2014 as part of both routine monitoring and a lake-wide coordinated monitoring effort. Silver Chub were collected in trawls; Hexagenia and Dreissenids were captured in benthic samples and taken from Silver Chub diets.
This data set provides a table of length, weight, sex, and estimated fecundity of Silver Chub Macrhybopsis storeriana in western Lake Erie from 1979 through 1987. These data are potentially useful to those studying recovery and restoration of Silver Chub in Lake Erie. These data were collected as part of routine trawl surveys in western Lake Erie. Other data associated with these data can be found in the Great Lakes Research Vessel Operations 1958-2018. (ver. 3.0, April 2019). A drawn map, originally packaged alongside the hard copy data sheets, is included in this data release. This map guides users in identifying specific locations of capture. Due to the legacy nature of these data, location data is estimated...
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