Greg R. Binion

Population Dynamics of Alligator Gar in Choke Canyon Reservoir, Texas: Implications for Management

Fisheries Outstanding Technical Paper
SEAFWA Journal Volume 2, March 2015

Historical eradication efforts, increasing fishing pressure, and growing anthropogenic impacts have resulted in decreased abundance or extirpation of the alligator gar (Atractosteus spatula) throughout much of its historic distribution. Current population status has prompted states to actively manage stocks; however, efforts are hindered by a lack of data necessary to make informed management decisions. To begin addressing these data needs, we investigated alligator gar population dynamics and exploitation in Choke Canyon Reservoir, Texas. A total of 754 fish (total length [TL] range, 678...