Plum Island Ecosystems LTER Database

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(1) The Principal Investigator be sent a notice stating reasons for acquiring any data and a description of the publication intentions.
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Principal Investigator
Ecosystems Center
Marine Biological Laboratory
7 MBL St.
Woods Hole, MA 02543

Dataset URLs:METADATA: HTML, Rich Text, XML(EML compliant)
DATA: Comma Delimited, Excel file with Metadata and data
Dataset ID:HTL-PIE-MassDMF-RiverHerring.01
Dataset Title:River herring abundance in the Ipswich and Parker Rivers, Massachusetts, 1972 to present
Investigator 1: 
First Name:Linda
Last Name:Deegan
Address line 1:Ecosystems Center
Address line 2:MBL
Address line 3:7 MBL St
City:Woods Hole
State:MA
Zip Code:02543
Country:USA
Associate Investigators:Anne Giblin, Samuel Kelsey
Keywords:PIE LTER, population dynamics, Alewife, Blueback Herring, fisheries catch
Abstract:This dataset summarizes abundance to assess the current status of alewife (Alosa pseudoharengus) and blueback herring (Alosa aestivalis) in Massachusetts rivers.Data from 2011 and earlier is from Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries Technical Report TR-46. Catch data from 2012-2015 was provided by Ben Gahagan and John Sheppard from DMF. Visual counts are a mix of both fish species as they pass through a restriction in the river. Count data for three (Parker, Monument and Mattapoisett Rivers) of the five rivers used to estimate Massachusetts trends in passage and total run size indicated a precipitous decline in alewife abundance after 2000. Data for The Parker and Ipswich rivers are relavant to the Plum Island Ecosystems project.
Contact: Plum Island Ecosystems LTER Information Manager
The Ecosystems Center
Marine Biological Lab
7 MBL St
Woods Hole, MA 02543
Phone (508) 289 7485
Email: pie_im@mbl.edu
Online URL: http://pie-lter.ecosystems.mbl.edu
DATA FILE INFORMATION:
Data File URL http://ecosystems.mbl.edu/PIE/data/HTL/data/HTL-PIE-MassDMF-RiverHerring.csv
Data File Name HTL-PIE-MassDMF-RiverHerring
Beginning Date 1/1/1972
End Date 12/31/2015
Number of Data Records 44
Other Files to Reference
Availability Status Type 1
Quality Control Information
Maintenance Description on going data collection
Log of Changes: Version 01: February 5, 2016, initial data and metadata entry to comply with importation to Drupal and LTER PASTA. Used MarcrosExportEML_HTML (working)pie_excel2007_Jan2015.xlsm 1/15/15 4:26 PM for QA/QC to EML 2.1.0
 
RESEARCH LOCATION: WAT-IP-I7.4-IpswichDam WAT-PR-P24-ParkerDam  
Geographic Description Ipswich River, Sylvania Dam, Ipswich MA Parker River, Central St. Dam, Newbury MA  
Location Bounding Box      
West Bounding Coordinate      
East Bounding Coordinate      
North Bounding Coordinate      
South Bounding Coordinate      
OR if single point location      
Latitude 42.67770213 42.750141  
Longitude -70.83784394 -70.9290288  
Elevation      
       
       
 
TAXONOMIC COVERAGE:
Taxonomic Protocols
Organisms studied Alosa pseudoharengus, Alosa aestivalis
 
Methods:The Ipswich Watershed
Association has been estimating passage using visual counting since 2000. They’ve attempted to use the statistical design of Rideout et al. (1979) but prior to 2005, effort was not sufficient to provide reliable estimates. In 2006 -2008, DMF also made census counts by using a fish trap. There are no biological data available.

Parker River (Newbury)
Students and researchers at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst conducted several studies during the 1970s that provide information on juvenile and adult population characteristics, abundance and migration of alewives (Beltz, 1975; Cohen, 1976; Cole et al., 1976; Cole et al., 1978; Huber, 1974; Jimenez, 1978; Libey, 1976; Mayo, 1974; Rideout et al., 1979). Since 1997, the Parker River Clean Water Association has been estimating passage numbers at the first dam using visual counting and the statistical design of Rideout et al. (1979). Due to high flood waters of 2005 and 2006, a weir failed, making it difficult for alewives to pass. Passage counts since 2005 are probably biased. There are no current data on population characteristics.

References:

Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries Technical Report TR-46 An Assessment of River Herring Stocks in Massachusetts Technical Report G. A. Nelson, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Department of Fish and Game Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries January 1, 2011

Status of River Herring on the North Shore of Massachusetts Tim Purinton, Frances Doyle and Dr. Robert D. Stevenson 2003

This report was funded by the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs – Massachusetts Watershed Initiative through the Riverways Programs of the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game formally the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Environmental Law Enforcement.

Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries Technical Report TR-46 An Assessment of River Herring Stocks in Massachusetts Technical Report G. A. Nelson, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Department of Fish and Game Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries January 1, 2011. 86pp.
http://www.mass.gov/eea/docs/dfg/dmf/publications/tr-46.pdf

Gary A. Nelson
Massachuestts Division of Marine Fisheries
Annisquam River Marine Field Station
30 Emerson Avenue
Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930

Data Table

Variable Name Variable Description Units Measurement Scale Code Information Number Type DateTime Format Missing Value Code Missing Value Code Explanation
Year Year of harvest   datetime     yyyy NA NA=not available
HER_PAR_NUM Visual count numbers of indivdual fish number ratio   whole   NA NA=not available
HER_IPS_NUM Visual count numbers of indivdual fish number ratio   whole   NA NA=not available