Florida Freshwater and Tidal Stream Fish Distribution Mapping
   Beth Stys, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Abstract: Florida’s Wildlife Legacy Initiative is designed to conserve not only terrestrial but also aquatic wildlife, including fish and invertebrates. To meet information and data needs for monitoring and prioritizing conservation and management of Florida’s fish species, detailed digital maps showing their distribution need to be developed. Absence of these maps constraints effective decision-making. This project will create species predictive distribution maps for 25-50 documented fish species observed in Florida’s Panhandle freshwater streams. Freshwater and tidal stream fish distribution maps will provide spatially-explicit information that will increase the Agency’s long-term capacity for conservation and management of multiple fish species and aid in decision making regarding water and surrounding land acquisition. The maps will serve to monitor species and habitats and more effectively and efficiently coordinate and integrate conservation actions at the stream segment/reach, landscape, and region levels.The following steps will be undertaken: consolidate species occurrence and habitat association records into a spatial database, link the database of species occurrence in specific habitats to stream segment habitat classification, and create individual fish distribution maps based on species habitat preferences related to stream segment data.

Award Matching Funds Total
$41,841.00 $41,841.00 $83,682.00

Year Funded Starting Date Ending Date
2006 6/1/2007 6/30/2009

Location: Leon County