WICCI’s Fisheries Working Group investigates the effects of Wisconsin’s changing climate on fish populations, aquatic communities, and fisheries.
The working group began with a focus on coldwater fisheries, working with downscaled climate projections for Wisconsin provided by the Climate Working Group. We used models and observational data to predict current and project future distributions of Brook Trout and Brown Trout in streams across the state.
We have broadened the scope of our working group to include coolwater and warmwater fishes, which are also expected to be impacted by changes in Wisconsin’s climate, and our work will address both direct and indirect effects of climate change on fishes and aquatic communities.
- Recruit new working group members from Wisconsin universities and colleges
- Expand assessments of climate impacts on Wisconsin’s fisheries to include coolwater and warmwater fishes
- Complete analyses and publish results on decadal-length water temperature trends for the coldwater Kinnickinnic River (River Falls, Wisconsin)
- Conduct public outreach (e.g., Wild Wisconsin: Off the Record podcast, Climate Fast Forward conference, Wisconsin Lakes Convention, WDNR social media outlets) to share our work and findings with anglers, conservationists, and others interested in Wisconsin’s fisheries
Stakeholders and partners
- University of Wisconsin
- Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
- Trout Unlimited
- Center for Climatic Research, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, UW-Madison
- Zach Feiner, Research Scientist, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
- Alex Latzka, Systems Biologist, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
- Matthew Mitro, Research Scientist, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
- Greg Sass, Research Program Supervisor, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
- Stephanie Shaw, Research Scientist, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
- Iyob Tseheye, Research Scientist, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources