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Summary and key findings from Big Lake barrier prioritization analysis – A report to USFWS, Anchorage Field Office

O'Hanley, J.R. (2016) Summary and key findings from Big Lake barrier prioritization analysis – A report to USFWS, Anchorage Field Office. Technical report. US Fish and Wildlife Service (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:60629)

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Abstract

A state-of-the-art optimization model was developed for prioritizing investments in culvert mitigation actions within the Big Lake area of Alaska. Unlike existing prioritization models, the model takes into account the spatial distribution of key habitats required throughout the full coho salmon life-cycle, the dispersal capabilities of fish, and the upstream/downstream passability of barriers. The model represents a radical improvement over the variety of ad-hoc methods commonly used in barrier prioritization planning (i.e., scoring and ranking procedure) and even existing optimization approaches aimed at improving connectivity for migratory fish.

To increase available habitat to 100% would require the removal of 29 out of 60 existing culverts in the Big Lake basin at an estimated cost of approximately $6.8M. A 50% in available habitat can be achieved with a budget of just over $3M. Certain high-frequency culverts (those selected a high proportion of time by the optimization model) have lower than average passability for juveniles and adults, very large amounts upstream spawning, summer (for age 0 and 1+ juveniles), and winter rearing habitat, and significantly higher than average mitigation costs compared to culverts as a whole. These are mostly located near key strategic lakes or on mainstem stretch of river, which form major thoroughfares for coho dispersal.

Item Type: Monograph (Technical report)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HA Statistics > HA33 Management Science
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH75 Conservation (Biology)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School
Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School > Management Science
Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School > Centre for Logistics and Heuristic Organisation (CLHO)
Depositing User: Jesse O'Hanley
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2017 15:38 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 18:45 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/60629 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
O'Hanley, J.R.: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3522-8585
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