Green Bay Angler Survey Fish Flavor

Purpose

Surveys will be distributed to area anglers along with pre-addressed, postage-paid envelopes. The WDNR AOC Coordinator worked with local technical groups and the WDNR Social Scientist to develop the survey format and questions. The survey focuses on angler experiences related to fish flavor and odor in the AOC. The survey also includes a few questions related to AOC aesthetics, in order to gain more input for the evaluation of the Degraded Aesthetics impairment, and a few questions related to the fish consumption guidelines, in order to gather more information related to fish consumption in the AOC.

Objective

The primary objective of the project is to gather input from anglers who fish in the AOC about their experiences with fish flavor and odor in order to determine whether the Tainting of Fish and Wildlife Flavor BUI is currently impaired. Information from the surveys will also be used to gather additional information about anglers’ experiences and opinions related to fishing in the AOC and to gain more input for the evaluation of the Degraded Aesthetics impairment.

Outcome

Survey data and quarterly and final reports will be submitted and entered/uploaded into the SWIMS database. Results of this study will be used to determine whether the Tainting of Fish and Wildlife Flavor BUI is currently impaired. They will be shared with local stakeholders and included in the planned 2014 Remedial Action Plan Update.

Study Design

The primary method of survey distribution will be through the WDNR Green Bay creel survey. Surveys will be handed out by WDNR’s creel clerks at piers and boat launches while performing the regular creel surveys. The creel surveys are conducted annually to estimate fishing effort, catch, and harvest rates using angler counts and interviews. Creel survey locations within and adjacent to the AOC include the Long Tail Point Ramps, Duck Creek Ramps, Duck Creek Shoreline, Fox River Ramps, and Fox River Shoreline. More information about the creel survey locations and methods can be found in “A Manual for Lake Michigan and Green Bay Creel Clerks.” (WDNR, 2012) Surveys may also be distributed via local fishing clubs, such as the Green Bay Area Great Lakes Sport Fishermen. The target will be 500 surveys distributed. Completed surveys will be received by Laurel Last, reviewed, and then sent to Heather Smith for data entry into the WDNR SWIMS database. After all data are entered, Laurel will interpret and evaluate the survey results, with assistance from Jordan Petchenik. She will complete quarterly and final reports for the project, which will also be uploaded to SWIMS. Results of this study will be used to determine whether the Tainting of Fish and Wildlife Flavor BUI is currently impaired. They will be shared with local stakeholders and included in the planned 2014 Remedial Action Plan Update.

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Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
Toxics and Areas of Concern
CAP_5_2013
2013
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Reports and Documents
Lower Green Bay and Fox River Area of Concern (AOC) Angler Survey Project Preliminary Report (March 2013)
Updated Scope of Work for 2013 angler survey for Lower Green Bay and Fox River Area of Concern. Budget is modified from the earlier version to account for actual survey printing costs.
Approved Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) for 2013 angler survey for Lower Green Bay and Fox River Area of Concern (without signatures).
Final survey form for Lower Green Bay and Fox River Area of Concern 2013 Angler Survey project.
Final Scope of Work for 2013 angler survey for Lower Green Bay and Fox River Area of Concern
 
Activities & Recommendations
Grant Awarded
2013 AOC capacity grant awarded to fund project (postage, printing, and data entry).
Social Survey of Residents or Users
Survey anglers who fish in the Green Bay and Fox River Area of Concern.