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    Texoma Fish Habitat Study

Studying fish habitat needs in Lake Texoma Reservoir

Formal Title: Use of River-Reservoir Interface Habitats by Larval and Juvenile Fishes: Influence of Lateral Connectivity and Multi-Scale Environmental Conditions

Research Focus: Fisheries of Lake Texoma; Red River watershed

Conservation & Management Challenges:

While siltation in the areas between reservoir and riverine ecosystems can damage habitat, there is emerging evidence to suggest certain water management strategies could promote high fish diversity in these areas—but this needs to be further studied.  For example, new information on young fish species in Lake Texoma, a reservoir in the Red River watershed along the Texas/Oklahoma border, will help refine the priorities of the Gulf Coast Prairie Landscape Conservation Cooperative relating to certain LCC focal species, including alligator gar and white bass.

Research Overview:

Developing this science is a priority for the Gulf Coast Prairie Landscape Conservation Cooperative. The project involves evaluating the taxonomic and functional structure of young fish species in the upper end of Lake Texoma in Oklahoma and Texas.  It also involves assessing the hydrological connectivity and other habitat factors that influence the abundance and diversity of young fish in this area.  

Results:

This project was initiated in November 2011 and completed in December 2015.

Access the final Lake Texoma Reservoir project report on ScienceBase

Status:

The 2-year project was initiated in 2013. It is being funded by the Gulf Coast Prairie Landscape Conservation Cooperative.

Contacts:

Principal Investigator: Allison A. Pease, Department of Natural Resources Management, Texas Tech University, Box 42125, Lubbock, TX 79409-2125

Landscape Conservation Cooperative Point-of-Contact: Bill Bartush, Gulf Coast Prairie Landscape Conservation Cooperative, National Wetlands Research Center, 700 Cajundome Boulevard, Lafayette, LA 70506

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