Mark D. Gautreau
Ms.C. Candidate, Dept. of Biology, University of New Brunswick
Hometown: Miramichi, New Brunswick
Dept. of Biology, University of New Brunswick
PO Box 4400
Tel: (506) 453-4594
Fax: (506) 453-3583
B.Sc. in Biology, University of New Brunswick, 2003
Environmental Technology Diploma, NBCC Miramichi, 1995
Supervisors: Dr. Stephan Peake and Dr. Allen Curry
Evaluating fish passage through fishways and culverts using PIT tags and gait transition
The improper design or maintenance of culverts has the potential to create barriers in aquatic systems, which may lead to fish stock declines. In many cases, problem culverts have been retrofitted with a fish passage structure i.e., ladder or ramp. The design of culverts and fishways reflect the swimming ability of local fishes. Typically, this is the passage of commercially and recreationally important species, such as salmon and trout. The objective of this research is to: 1) use Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT) tags and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) equipment to evaluate the effectiveness of existing culvert and fishway designs; and 2) assess the swimming performance of several fish species using gait transition in a raceway. The goal of my project is to improve the design of fish passage facilities by considering the flow requirements of more species than currently studied (i.e., adding non-salmonid species) and smaller body sizes and assessing the value of incorporating gait transition as a variable in the models.
Curry, RA, and MD Gautreau. 2010. Freshwater fishes of the Atlantic Maritime Ecozone. In Assessment of Species Diversity in the Atlantic Maritime Ecozone. Editors: DF McAlpine, and IM Smith. NRC Research Press. pp: 599-612.
Gautreau, M, and RA Curry. 2008. Updated status report on the Redbreast Sunfish, Lepomis auritus. Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. Ottawa. 56 p.
Gautreau, M, RA Curry, and S Peake. Evaluating fish passage through fishways and culverts using PIT tags. Poster – Northeast Fish and Wildlife Conference. Apr 2011, Manchester, New Hampshire.
Gautreau, M, RA Curry, and KR Munkittrick. Fishes of the Lower Saint John River. Poster - Canadian Conference For Fisheries Research. Jan. 2008, Halifax, NS.
Gautreau, M, and RA Curry. Ecology of the Redbreast Sunfish, Lepomis auritus, in Yoho Lake, NB. Poster - Canadian Conference For Fisheries Research. Jan. 2007, Montreal, QC.
Gautreau, M, and RA Curry. Ecology of the Redbreast Sunfish, Lepomis auritus, in two New Brunswick Lakes: A Species of Concern (COSEWIC). Poster - Canadian Conference For Fisheries Research. Jan 2006, Calgary, AB.