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Fish abundance in the Elwha River estuary, Washington, from 2006 to 2014


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Foley, M.M., Shafroth, P.B., Beirne, M.M., Paradis, R., Ritchie, A.C., and Duda, J.J., 2020, Ecological parameters in the Elwha River estuary before and during dam removal (ver. 2.0, August 2020): U.S. Geological Survey data release,


This portion of the data release presents fish abundance data from samples collected in the Elwha River estuary, Washington, in 2006, 2007, 2013, and 2014 (no associated USGS Field Activities numbers because data were collected predominantly by biologists from the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe). We used the Puget Sound beach seining protocol (Simenstad and others, 1991) to sample fish populations in the Elwha River estuary complex. The beach seine was 38 m long x 2 m deep, with a 2 m x 2 m bag in the center of the net; mesh size was 3.18 mm, 6.35 mm, and 31.75 mm, for the bag, center panel, and wings, respectively. The seine net was deployed from bank to bank by a small skiff and then pulled on shore. The number of seines conducted each [...]


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Data were obtained to assess the change in fish abundance and diversity in the Elwha estuary following the removal of two dams on the Elwha River between 2011 and 2014.



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