Fish Habitat Improvement for Pennsylvania Impoundments

Monday, September 9, 2013: 4:20 PM
Izard (Statehouse Convention Center)
Ben Page , Division of Habitat Management, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, Bellefonte, PA
Fish Habitat Improvement for Pennsylvania Impoundments

Benjamin S. Page

Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission

Division of Habitat Management

Lake Habitat Section Chief

                The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission’s Division of Habitat Management uses the Cooperative Habitat Improvement Program (CHIP) and the Technical Assistance Program (TAP) to plan and execute organized fish habitat improvement projects across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. CHIP and TAP fish habitat projects continue to enhance offshore and shoreline cover in over 100 Pennsylvania impoundments using such enhancements as crib structures, shoreline deflectors, rock rubble structures, post clusters and more.  Projects vary in scope based on the specific water body, funding available, volunteer effort, machinery needs and access to the site.  This presentation will describe how two fish habitat projects at F. J. Sayers Reservoir and Leaser Lake were executed with the support of partnering agencies and organizations including the Reservoir Fisheries Habitat Partnership .