Kirk Kirkland

Characteristics and Conservation of a Trophy Alligator Gar Population in the Middle Trinity River, Texas

Fisheries Outstanding Technical Paper
SEAFWA Journal Volume 3, March 2016

The middle Trinity River in Texas supports one of the premier trophy alligator gar (Atractosteus spatula) fisheries in the world. Published data on alligator gar life history and population characteristics are sparse, yet these data are needed to inform conservation and management. Using data from over 850 fish collected between 2007 and 2014, we described the size structure, population abundance, angler exploitation, and vital rates of this unique population. Collection of fish relied heavily on angler cooperators and included a three-year mark-recapture effort and the removal of...

Year
2016