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Development of a Klamath Basin Fisheries Collaborative Database that is Interoperable with PTAGIS: Supporting Within and Across Basin Collaboration

Erin Benham1, Rachael Paul-Wilson2, Jacob Krause2, Nacy Leonard3, Greg Wilke3

  1. Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, Klamath Falls Field Station, Klamath Falls, OR 97603
  2. U.S. Geological Survey, Klamath Falls Field Station, Klamath Falls, OR 97603
  3. Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, 205 SE Spokane St. Suite 100, Portland, OR 97202

The Klamath and Columbia River Basins are interconnected by avian movements between basins. The Klamath Basin Fisheries Collaborative (KBFC) members have detected PIT Tags at avian colonies within the Klamath Basin, and using the Columbia River Basin PIT Tag Information System (PTAGIS) have identified several as originating from the Columbia Basin and vice versa. This interconnection, KBFC’s desire to support collaborative projects within and across basins, and the success of PTAGIS in managing quality PIT tag data for multiple fish species for more than forty organizations since 1991, contributed to the KBFC members identifying PTAGIS as the preferred model to inform the new KBFC data system. PTAGIS’s ability to store and query large quantities of PIT tag data also supported the decision that the PTAGIS model would be a good fit for the KBFC database. Thus, the KBFC, Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, and U.S. Geological Survey have been working to develop a KBFC database to house PIT tag data that is compatible with the PTAGIS data system. Development of a KBFC website, database, and virtual platform for users to view and download data is underway. The database will incorporate, but is not limited to, PIT tagged fish, mussels, amphibians, and rocks. Future plans include the development of online data visualization tools and electronic data forms to streamline data collection and the database uploading process. This presentation will highlight examples of avian predation across the Klamath and Columbia Basins and preview features of the upcoming KBFC database.