Ross E. Boucek
Florida International University
HabitatEcologyCommon snookFisheryBiology
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#1Jacob W. Brownscombe (Carleton University)H-Index: 2
#2Lucas P. Griffin (UMass: University of Massachusetts Amherst)H-Index: 3
Last. Andy J. Danylchuk (UMass: University of Massachusetts Amherst)H-Index: 28
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We used acoustic telemetry to quantify permit Trachinotus falcatus habitat use and connectivity in proximity to the Florida Keys, USA, and assessed these patterns relative to current habitat and fisheries management practices. From March 2017 to June 2018, 45 permit tagged within 16 km of the lower Florida Keys were detected at stationary acoustic receivers throughout the south Florida region, the majority of which remained within the Special Permit Zone, where more extensive fisheries harvest r...
#1Jacob W. Brownscombe (Carleton University)H-Index: 2
#2Aaron J. Adams (Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute)H-Index: 16
Last. Andy J. Danylchuk (UMass: University of Massachusetts Amherst)H-Index: 28
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Abstract Telemetry is being used to generate an unprecedented level of knowledge on the underwater environment, much of which is relevant to marine policy and management. Yet, examples of telemetry directly informing management practices are still rare or undocumented. Here we describe a case in which fish telemetry data were rapidly incorporated into recreational fisheries policy for Permit (Trachinotus falcatus) in Florida. The reproductive strategy of Permit involves forming large aggregation...
#1Ross E. BoucekH-Index: 9
#2Justin LewisH-Index: 4
Last. Aaron J. Adams (Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute)H-Index: 16
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Effective marine habitat protection requires life history information, including identification of connected adult habitats and spawning sites, and movement information throughout those areas. Here, we implemented a mark-recapture study in the Bahamas Archipelago to estimate patterns of site fidelity, and to determine what homesites are connected to pre-spawning sites of economically important Bonefish (Albula vulpes) across multiple islands. We captured over 7000 Bonefish via seine netting, mar...
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#1Jacob W. Brownscombe (Carleton University)H-Index: 15
#2Andy J. Danylchuk (UMass: University of Massachusetts Amherst)H-Index: 28
Last. Steven J. Cooke (Carleton University)H-Index: 69
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Bonefish (Albula vulpes) support a world-renowned fishery in South Florida, USA. However, fishing guides and anglers have been reporting significant declines in bonefish angling quality over that past three decades. In the absence of any long-term bonefish stock and ecosystem assessments, the cause of this decline in the fishery is unclear. Here we summarize our current knowledge of bonefish ecology in Florida and discuss potential causes of fishery decline. Reductions and alterations in freshwa...
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#1Robert D. Ellis (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission)H-Index: 5
#2Kerry E. Flaherty-Walia (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission)H-Index: 3
Last. Susan K. Lowerre-Barbieri (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission)H-Index: 18
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Abstract Acoustic telemetry is a powerful tool for investigating the movement ecology of aquatic animals. As the number of studies using passive acoustic telemetry technology has grown in recent years, so has membership in regional collaborative networks in which methodologies and detection data are shared among researchers. These networks can significantly augment research projects by increasing the geographic coverage of detection data beyond the initial monitored area, and encourage the devel...
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#1Philip W. Stevens (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission)H-Index: 14
#2Ross E. Boucek (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission)H-Index: 9
Last. Jennifer S. Rehage (FIU: Florida International University)H-Index: 14
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Abstract Plasticity in life-history traits and behaviors allows organisms to track spatial environmental variation, such as that resulting from a latitudinal gradient. In estuaries, hydrological patterns can vary greatly with latitude, causing variable habitat use patterns across a species’ range. For Common Snook (Centropomus undecimalis) a large euryhaline fish, seasonal movements between the open estuary and freshwater reaches of rivers have been documented. We hypothesized that the timing of...
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#1Lucas P. Griffin (UMass: University of Massachusetts Amherst)H-Index: 3
#2Jacob W. Brownscombe (Carleton University)H-Index: 15
Last. Andy J. Danylchuk (UMass: University of Massachusetts Amherst)H-Index: 28
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Abstract Understanding the nature of migratory behaviors within animal populations is critical to develop and refine conservation and management plans. However, tracking migratory marine animals across life stages and over multiple years is inherently difficult to achieve, especially for highly migratory species. In this paper, we explore the use of acoustic telemetry to characterize the spatial ecology of Atlantic tarpon ( Megalops atlanticus ), elucidate the ecology of this poorly studied spec...
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#1Christina Estela Brown (FIU: Florida International University)H-Index: 1
#2Mahadev G. Bhat (FIU: Florida International University)H-Index: 16
Last. Michael C. Sukop (FIU: Florida International University)H-Index: 22
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Abstract This research develops an integrated methodology to determine the economic value to anglers of recreational fishery ecosystem services in Everglades National Park that could result from different water management scenarios. The study first used bio-hydrological models to link managed freshwater inflows to indicators of fishery productivity and ecosystem health, then link those models to anglers' willingness-to-pay for various attributes of the recreational fishing experience and monthly...
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#1Ross E. BoucekH-Index: 9
#2Erin LeoneH-Index: 1
Last. Susan K. Lowerre-Barbieri (UF: University of Florida)H-Index: 18
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Many species that provide productive marine fisheries form spawning aggregations. Aggregations are predictable both in time and space and constitute nearly all of the reproductive activity for these species. For species that spend weeks to months on spawning aggregation sites, individuals may need to rely on a forage base at or near the spawning site to balance the high energetic cost associated with reproduction. Here, we ask: do spawning fish with protracted spawning seasons use spawning aggre...
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#1Ross E. BoucekH-Index: 9
#2Michael R. Heithaus (FIU: Florida International University)H-Index: 49
Last. Jennifer S. Rehage (FIU: Florida International University)H-Index: 14
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Global climate forecasts predict changes in the frequency and intensity of extreme climate events (ECEs). The capacity for specific habitat patches within a landscape to modulate stressors from extreme climate events, and animal distribution throughout habitat matrices during events, could influence the degree of population level effects following the passage of ECEs. Here, we ask (i) does the intensity of stressors of an ECE vary across a landscape? And (ii) Do habitat use patterns of a mobile ...
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