Timing and hydrological conditions associated with bigheaded carp movement past navigation dams on the upper Mississippi river

Biological Invasions
By: , and 

Links

Abstract

As the range of non-native bigheaded carps (Hypophthalmichthys spp.) continues to expand throughout river systems of the United States, managers are tasked with preventing or slowing the spread of these invasive species. Main stem navigation dams on the upper Mississippi River, long considered a deterrent to fish migration, may slow or prevent the spread of invasive fish species. As discharge increases, hydraulic head (i.e., difference between upstream elevation and downstream elevation) at these navigation dams decreases, which is believed to allow for easier fish passage. We used acoustic telemetry to investigate the occurrence, frequency, and timing of bigheaded carp passage of upper Mississippi River dams, along with factors related to successful dam passage. During 2013 through 2017, adult silver carp (H. molitrix), bighead carp (H. nobilis) and their hybrids (N = 358) were tracked throughout the upper Mississippi River. A total of 1078 dam passages by bigheaded carps (N = 158) were observed past 15 dams. Seventy-eight percent of dam passages occurred during April through July. Cox proportional hazards regression models indicated that both upstream and downstream dam passages by these species were strongly affected by hydraulic head height at the dam and water temperature, with dam passages increasing as hydraulic head decreased and water temperature increased. A few dams rarely experience low hydraulic head and passages of those dams by bigheaded carps were rare. This information can be used by managers to develop strategies (e.g., placement of deterrent technologies, targeted removal efforts) to slow the spread of these invasive species.

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Timing and hydrological conditions associated with bigheaded carp movement past navigation dams on the upper Mississippi river
Series title Biological Invasions
DOI 10.1007/s10530-021-02583-8
Edition Online First
Year Published 2021
Language English
Publisher Springer
Contributing office(s) Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center
Google Analytic Metrics Metrics page
Additional publication details