Conduct historic data compilation, and develop long-term monitoring program for assessing the nekton community of tidal rivers and streams in Texas. This unique and critical habitat (tidal creeks/streams/rivers) is currently not regularly monitored by Coastal Fisheries OR Inland Fisheries teams, and is arguably one of the most unique and critical environments. These areas are influenced by large upstream watershed activities, and provide essential habitat for many estuarine dependent species where the freshwater and saltwater worlds collide.
Conservation AreaCentral Coast Rivers and Streams Native Fish Conservation Area, Southeast Texas Rivers Native Fish Conservation Area
- Conduct monitoring to evaluate, adapt and refine conservation actions
- Conduct research to fill critical information gaps
This project would compile historic data on native freshwater fishes that inhabit tidal rivers and streams throughout the state, and build a long-term monitoring plan that would allow resource managers to begin to understand and assess changes in community assemblage through time and relate those changes to landscape-scale habitat and freshwater inflow variables. Additionally, this type of long-term monitoring network would allow us to track potential changes in estuarine communities as climate change continues.
University of Houston-Clear Lake
NFWF, GLO, SWG