Effects of Dredging and Dredge Spoil Disposal on Fisheries Resources in the New York State Barge Canal

by Kristine M. Stewart, New York State DOT, Rochester, NY, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Dredging and Dredged Material Disposal


The New York State Department of Transportation initiated a study in the summer of 1982 in the New York State Barge (Erie) Canal in the vicinity of Rochester, N. Y. The purpose of the study was to survey fisheries resources and to determine if there are any impacts on adult fish due to annual maintenance dredging. Four widewater areas (wide areas connected to the main channel) were sampled: three serve as dredged material disposal sites; the fourth was sampled as a control. Two dredge sites and six stations up and downstream of the three widewaters were also examined. Gill nets, trap nets, electroshocking, and seines were used for sampling.

Subject Headings: Transportation studies | Fish management | Dredged materials | Barges | Canals | Geomatic surveys | Dredging | Maintenance | New York | United States

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