TITLE

Precision and interpretation of data collected using a new measurement technique for microhabitat features at fish locations determined by radio telemetry

AUTHOR(S)
Hubert, Wayne A.; Dare, Matthew R.
PUB. DATE
March 2000
SOURCE
Journal of Freshwater Ecology;Mar2000, Vol. 15 Issue 1, p29
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
We developed a microhabitat sampling methodology for investigating fish habitat use by radio telemetry. The technique is based on the concept of an area of probable occurrence (APO; a circular confidence interval around an estimated fish location) with measurements of depth,velocity, substrate, and cover features to describe the habitat in the vicinity of a fish's location. We conducted a test of precision and observer agreement of data obtained by this technique and found that the statistical precision of data varied among habitat variables and was low for features that were visually estimated. However, when data were interpreted within the context of several biologically relevant research questions, observer agreement was high indicating that the data led to consistent conclusions regarding microhabitat features within an APO.
ACCESSION #
8387097

 

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