Research

Alabama

Alabama Department of Conservation & Natural Resources uses gill net surveys to monitor survival & recruitment of Alligator Gar stocked in public lakes and rivers.

Auburn Univsersity, AL – Alligator gar life history, conservation status, management, age and growth.

Nicholls State University, LA – Status Assessment – Alabama Alligator Gar Status Assessment

Warm Springs National Fish Hatchery, GA – Genetics, spawning support, development of intensive culture and production techniques, sperm cryopreservation and short-term storage research, stocking support and assistance, and tagging/marking.

Arkansas

Arkansas Game & Fish Commission work focuses on commercial reporting of Alligator Gar landings throughout the state & Telemetry research on Lower Ouachita River.

University of Arkansas Pine Bluff, AR – University of Arkansas Pine Bluff conducting physiological research on tolerances of juvenile Alligator Gar

University of Central Arkansas, AR – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Alligator Gar Status Assessment, Life History, Reproduction, and Habitat Use in Arkansas.

Layher BioLogics RTEC, Inc., AR – Arkansas Game & Fish Commission – Literature Survey, Status in States of Historic Occurrence, and Field Investigations into the Life History of Alligator Gar in the Ouachita River, Arkansas
Arkansas Game & Fish Commission – White River Alligator Gar Status Assessment

Florida

Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation commission currently estimating habitat use, movement, & population size of Alligator Gar in rivers of Panhandle of Florida. Additional research information can be found at the following link: http://myfwc.com/research/freshwater/sport-fishes/alligator-gar/

Illinois

Alligator Gar have been reintroduced into power plant lakes and off-channel habitat of the Illinois river in the northern part of the state.
Kentucky

Murray State University investigated diet composition within Clarks River, investigating morphological differences in species of gar to educate public on Alligator Gar awareness, Partnered with Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife for reintroduction efforts in Clarks River.
Louisiana

USFWS Baton Rouge and the GCPO LCC used GIS models and telemetry data to create a Spawning Habitat Suitability Index which helps locate potential spawning areas of alligator gar. Visual observation by USFWS biologists of Alligator Gar spawning within predicted area lends utility to this model.

LSU masters student in collaboration with USFWS and GCPOLCC, investigated fish-habitat relationships and identified aquatic habitat conditions that promote healthy alligator gar populations. Objectives for this study were to: 1) identify floodplain habitat features associated with desired fish assemblage characteristics based on the role of Alligator Gar as a surrogate species; and 2) develop a sampling protocol for surveying alligator gar with side-scan sonar. For the masters thesis go to: http://etd.lsu.edu/docs/available/etd-11112014-192757/

Louisiana State University, LA – U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Fisheries Resource and Conservation Office – Alligator Gar life history, characteristics, reproduction, age and growth.

Nicholls State University, LA – Status Assessment – Alligator Gar Status Assessment, Histological Examination, Life History, Reproduction, Age and Growth, aquaculture.

Mississippi

Mississippi Department of Fish & Wildlife – Status Assessment and surveys.
Pvt. John Allen National Fish Hatchery, Tupelo, MS – St. Catherines Creek National Wildlife Refuge – Spawning, reproduction, stocking support, telemetry and tracking of adult alligator gar, habitat assessment, and state assistance.

University of Southern Mississippi, MS – Population genetics, telemetry and physiology studies.
Missouri

Missouri Department of Conservation – Mingo National Wildlife Refuge

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, AR – The effects of alligator gar re-introductions on crappie and bluegill populations in Mingo National Wildlife

Refuge, Missouri. Missouri Department of Conservation.
Oklahoma

Oklahoma State University, OK – Distribution, abundance, movements, habitats and population characteristics of the alligator gar in the Red and

Arkansas River drainages in Oklahoma.

Tennessee

Tennesse Wildlife Resources Agency – Alligator Gar stocking, restoration, and management planning.
Warm Springs National Fish Hatchery, GA – Genetics, spawning support, development of intensive culture and production techniques, sperm cryopreservation and short-term storage research, stocking support and assistance, and tagging/marking.
Texas

Exploring exploitation of tagged fish in Choke Canyon and Brazos River. A Strategy for Increasing Gill-Net Catch Rates and Minimizing Sampling Mortality of Alligator Gars.

Quantification of Alligator Gar recruitment dynamics using a river-stage specific floodplain inundation model. A collaborative project from the GCP LCC, University of North Texas, Texas State University, Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University, and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
Using microchemistry to estimate mixing of freshwater and brackish sub-populations.

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