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2.3.4. Tagged Fish Research to Test Electric Barrier Effectiveness. Kelly Baerwaldt USACE. MRRP Telemetry. Tagging of fish with individually coded ultrasonic transmitters in the Upper IWW/CAWS;

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2.3.4

Tagged Fish Research to Test Electric Barrier Effectiveness

Kelly Baerwaldt

USACE


Mrrp telemetry
MRRP Telemetry

  • Tagging of fish with individually coded ultrasonic transmitters in the Upper IWW/CAWS;

  • Acoustic network supplemented by a mobile hydrophone unit to collect information from tags (N=200) implanted into free-swimming Asian carp (bighead carp and silver carp) and surrogate species;

  • Purpose is to monitor fish movements in the immediate vicinity of the Barrier to determine if fish are able to challenge and/or penetrate the Barrier; if Asian carp are able to navigate through lock structures in the Upper IWW; and to determine the leading edge of Asian carp.


2010 effort

2011 Planned Effort

2010 Effort

  • 105 tags implanted into adult Asian carp and surrogate species (July - Nov 2010)

    • CSSC/Chicago River above Barrier: 20 common carp

    • Lockport Pool above Barrier: 18 common carp; 2 freshwater drum

    • Lockport Pool below Barrier: 29 common carp

    • Brandon Road pool: 1 grass carp; 1 smallmouth buffalo, 17 common carp

    • Dresden Island pool: 17 bighead carp

  • 60 tags into adult surrogate species (Lockport Pool) and Asian carp and surrogate species (Brandon Road Pool)

  • 5 tags into Asian carp in Dresden Island pool

  • 30 additional tags to be implanted into small fish (species TBD) in Lockport pool below and between the Barriers

    • 15 tags in spring (high water)

    • 15 tags in late summer (low water)

    • Mobile tracking

200 TAGS TOTAL

2.5 yr battery life

Transmitter being implanted into Asian carp

Transmitter size relative to size of Asian carp


Telemetry Path Forward

MRRWG Telemetry Master Plan: GOAL

  • Priority Areas:

  • At Barrier

  • Below Barrier

  • Above Barrier

USACE Stationary Receiver (14)

MWRD Stationary Receiver (14)

*Will add 4 more armored receivers around Barrier

TOTAL: 8 Barrier Receivers; 32 System Receivers

Above barrier:

40 tags implanted

Surrogates only

*

At and Below barrier:

138 tags by Spring 2011

Lockport pool: surrogate only (adult and juvenile)

Brandon Road: surrogate and Asian carp

Dresden Island Pool

22 tags implanted into Asian Carp

Brandon Rd Lock

105 tagged fish thru NOV 2010 (actual)

200 tagged fish by Summer 2011


Summary stationary receivers
Summary: Stationary Receivers

  • Data collected 21 July – 27 Oct 2010

  • 621,091 detections

  • 54 tags detected

  • Single ‘hit’ data discarded

  • No tagged fish crossed Barriers



Barrier Receivers

  • Around Barrier = 519 detections (3 tags)

  • 3 common carp were detected in range of Barrier; all detected next day by downstream receivers

    • Two fish detected around Barrier in October; one in September

    • No evidence of Barrier breach

Armored Receivers

CSSC

Barrier I

Cal-Sag

Barrier IIA

Des Plaines River

Barrier


Barrier receivers
Barrier Receivers

  • Need better detection resolution of fish at Barrier to determine EXACT location of fish in detection range

  • 2011: Procure four VR4 Receivers

    • Deploy for five years

    • Surface downloads (modem, no need to retrieve receivers)

    • Positioning data can determine EXACT location of fish, data is processed by Vemco

    • Pilot study in March; not available for retail until June


Summary
Summary

  • No tagged fish have crossed Barrier

  • 61 Tags detected July - Oct

    • CAWS: 61 out of 87 tags detected (70%)

      • 18 tags were implanted in Nov, not included in detection rate analysis

      • High rate detection considering open system and use of passive detection; more active detection to be used in 2011

    • Lockport Pool Below Barrier: 29 out of 29 tags detected (100%)

  • New VR4 Receivers to be deployed June 2011

THANK YOU

to ILDNR and USFWS for tagging and field assistance


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