Southeastern Fishes Council
Dedicated to the Conservation of Southeastern Fishes

2001 Report of Region 6 - Southwest
Henry W. Robison, Southern Arkansas University, is currently conducting a study of the distribution and status of the peppered shiner (Notropis perpallidus), in Oklahoma and Arkansas for the Ouachita National Forest. In addition, Rob is finishing up a report to the Forest Service on the status and distribution of the Kiamichi shiner (Notropis ortenburgeri). Rudy Miller (retired from Oklahoma State University) and Rob are now busy at work on a revision of their "Fishes of Oklahoma" book which is hoped to be completed in two years. ieThe Fishes of Arkansaslh is also about to under a revision for a second edition by Rob and Tom Buchanan (Westark College). Much summer field work is planned to re-photograph many of the species and to document some poorly collected areas of Arkansas.

The Waterways Experiment Station Fish Team has several ongoing projects in Lousiana and southern Arkansas. A study of fish-habitat relationships in the Red River, Louisiana, and the possible impacts of lock-and dams on fish communities, is nearing completion . Surveys of physical habitats and fish communities in the channel and floodplains of Bayou Meto are underway as part of an evaluation of the effects of water diversion in the Arkansas River system. Surveys of fishes and larval amphibians are also being conducted in small floodplain pools of the Ouachita River, Louisiana and Bayou Meto, Arkansas. On a recent field trip to Bayou Meto, young-of-year bowfin (Amia calva) were observed in an isolated floodplain puddle at the edge of a campground. As part of the ongoing effort by WES to document swimming performance of small, archaic fishes, a group was captured and taken to the laboratory as future participants in swim tunnel experiments.

Karen Kilpatrick, Natchitoches National Fish Hatchery, organized and breathed new life into the Pallid Sturgeon Lower Basin Work Group. A meeting held 20 March 2001 in Vicksburg, Mississippi was well-attended by individuals from the US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Army Corps of Engineers, Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Topics included the updated recovery plan, health issues and the possible threat of iridovirus, jeopardy opinions, and the activities of fish hatcheries. Bernie Kuhajda, University of Alabama, presented a lively and thorough synopsis of taxonomic and genetic issues surrounding identification of river sturgeons. The latter part of the meeting was devoted to issue identification in which research and management priorities were identified and assigned to group participants. The priorities included: evaluation and refinement of techniques for practical and reliable identification of sturgeon (e.g., character indices); location of rearing grounds for young-of-year (e.g., by trawling for very small fish); quantification of habitats and periods of greater activity and abundance (e.g. surveys of populations and physical habitats); and outreach (i.e., creation of a list server).

Jan Hoover