A Newsletter from StreamNet
The Fish Data Delivery Project for the Pacific Northwest
Issue #5 - November 4, 2005
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Welcome to the fifth StreamNet News!
Table of Contents
- New Data in the StreamNet Database
- Downloadable Access Database Updated
- New Hatchery Returns Format
- Salmon Critical Habitat Interactive Mapper Updated
- ODFW Creates Groundfish Information Web Site
1. NEW DATA IN THE STREAMNET DATABASE
Since the last StreamNet News the StreamNet database has had many updates. Additions or updates are available for time series data including spawning population estimates (over 2,300 records), spawner counts (over 500 records), redd counts (nearly 4,400), and dam/weir counts (over 300). We also have new or updated data for dam facilities (144), hatchery facilities (2), barriers (over 13,400), species-specific barrier information (nearly 300), and fish distribution (nearly 8,800, including over 2,100 records for westslope cutthroat trout). As the new distribution data arrived, both the database and the GIS layers were updated.
To query the StreamNet database, point your browser to http://old.streamnet.org/online-data/query_intro.html and click on the "Standard Query Method" link.
2. DOWNLOADABLE ACCESS DATABASE UPDATED
The downloadable version of StreamNetís database was updated September 30, 2005. The entire database can be downloaded in MS-Access format; individual tables may be downloaded as comma-delimited ascii text files. The downloadable version of the database is updated only periodically -- the most up to date data are always available through the on-line data query system.
To download the entire database or individual tables, go to http://old.streamnet.org/online_data.html.
3. NEW HATCHERY RETURNS FORMAT
We recently expanded the breadth of information we provide when presenting hatchery returns data. We also improved the format used to display the data.
In addition to the egg take, number of males and females and jacks that returned, mortalities, and nonviable females, the data we provide now include the dates fish were spawned, and the number of males, females, and jacks spawned. We also provide capture sites and dates, so that you will know if fish were transferred into a hatchery from another location. Lastly, we provide information on the final disposition of the fish or fish carcasses: released upstream live; donated; buried; sold; transferred; etc.
In the past, returns to a single hatchery were presented on different rows of data, forcing you to gather the related records for males, females, and jacks in order to get total return to a hatchery. The new format provides the number of males, females, and jacks all in one record.
Until we have completed the conversion of data to this new format, the entire data set in the previous format will be available at http://old.streamnet.org/online-data/ids.cfm?id=58.
4. SALMON CRITICAL HABITAT INTERACTIVE MAPPER UPDATED
In cooperation with the Northwest regional office of NOAA Fisheries, StreamNet updated the salmon and steelhead critical habitat interactive mapper (http://www.nwr.noaa.gov/1salmon/salmesa/crithab/gisdata/disclaimer.html) to present the final designated critical habitat for 12 evolutionarily significant units (ESUs) of Pacific salmon and steelhead as established in the final rule on August 12, 2005.
Critical habitat was also designated by NOAA's Southwest region for the 7 ESUs of Pacific salmon and steelhead in California. We have made the interactive maps identifying these designated areas available through our partners at CalFish (http://www.calfish.org). For more information including a variety of related maps, documents and data supporting the final rule, visit the NOAA Fisheries Critical Habitat website at http://www.nwr.noaa.gov/1salmon/salmesa/crithab/CHsite.htm.
5. ODFW CREATES GROUNDFISH INFORMATION WEB SITE
One of Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's goals for 2005 is to provide year-round fishing opportunities for the angling public. To help achieve that goal, Oregon StreamNet staff in the Natural Resources Information Management Program (NRIMP) worked with Marine Resources Program (MRP) staff and with their support to develop an online harvest tracking system for recreationally caught marine groundfish. This new Web-based resource, made available to the public in April 2005, provides monthly harvest estimates for Oregon's numerous sport groundfish species. The Web site also explains, in an easy to follow question & answer format, how ODFW uses harvest caps and other techniques to manage marine fisheries. NRIMP keeps the site updated with the latest groundfish harvest information, like quota changes and progress toward this year's harvest caps. You may view the MRP page at: http://nrimp.dfw.state.or.us/mrp/. NRIMP and MRP will continue to make improvements to the site based on user feedback and fishery management needs.
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ABOUT THE STREAMNET PROJECT:
StreamNet is a cooperative, multi-agency effort among the Columbia River Basin's state, tribal and federal fisheries agencies, the Northwest Power and Conservation Council (NPCC), the Bonneville Power Administration, and the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission to compile fish-related data. We compile and make available on our web site information intended to be useful to fisheries managers and researchers, land managers, planners, and others. We acquire, regionally standardize, and georeference data from multiple sources on a number of topics, including fish distribution, fish abundance trends, hatchery releases and returns, harvest levels, migration barriers, hatcheries, and dams. We provide a catalog of photographs relevant to fish species and facilities in the region. We also archive and provide stand-alone "independent data sets" created by other entities. We maintain the official list of stream reaches the NPCC has recommended be protected from dam construction, and we are the official keepers of the Pacific Northwest's 1:100,000 scale GIS streams layer. We provide pre-made maps and let you make maps interactively from data in the StreamNet database to meet your needs. We continually work to update these resources, so new information becomes available several times each year. We also provide customized data-related services for participants in the NPCC's Fish and Wildlife Program. When significant changes are made at StreamNet (new data or new ways to display them), we will email another short StreamNet News to those on the mailing list.
You can learn more about StreamNet at http://old.streamnet.org/about-sn.html. We exist in order to bring useful information to people such as you, and we welcome your questions, feedback, and suggestions. We also hope you will inform your colleagues about the resources available at StreamNet (http://old.streamnet.org).
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