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Application of a conventional fishery model for assessment of entrainment and impingement impact

By Alvin L. Jensen and Ted A. Hamilton


A conventional stock assessment model is applied to determine the impact of entrainment and impingement at the Monroe Power Plant on the yellow perch stock of the Western basin of Lake Erie. Parameters of the model are estimated using power plant data, biological data available in the literature, and commercial catch data. The model is applied to estimate the age structure and biomass of the perch stock and to estimate the impact of the power plant on abundance of the impingeable stock and abundance and biomass of the exploited stock. The level of impact was examined under a range of mortality conditions. Under the most extreme conditions examined of full pumping, high fishing mortality, and low natural mortality, the fishable biomass is reduced by 1.7%. This impact is not large, but there are several other power plants and many additional water intakes around the Western basin of Lake Erie

Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers; Dr W. Junk Publishers ; Springer Science+Business Media
Year: 1982
DOI identifier: 10.1007/BF00001790
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