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Central Valley Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT) Tag Array Feasibility Study

Project: Central Valley Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT) Tag Array Feasibility Study

Client: NOAA Fisheries – Southwest Fisheries Science Center

Year: 2015

Location: Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta

RTR and Biomark, Inc. are working with NOAA Fisheries to investigate the use of Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT) tags to monitor movement of juvenile salmonids in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Basin. Specifically, this study is to test the feasibility of using PIT-tag detection systems (arrays) at different locations within the Sacramento River, San Joaquin River, and the Bay-Delta watersheds to estimate detection probabilities of PIT-tagged juvenile salmonids. If feasible, a broader PIT-tag detection system might be developed for the Central Valley to help guide State and Federal fisheries management decisions.

Project was conducted with Biomark, Quantitative Consultants, FISHBIO, and McMillen Jacobs and required close coordination and collaboration with NOAA Fisheries, as well as multiple Federal, State, and Tribal stakeholders.

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