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Technology and Data Management

Fisheries Biometrician- Jeff Kopaska

Boone Wildlife Research Station
14360 255th St
Boone, IA  50036
Office: 515-432-2823

Technology and Data Management provides computer-oriented technical assistance to field personnel by developing, modifying, installing and maintaining a statewide database and other software and hardware for fisheries applications, training in the use of software and hardware, and updating and maintaining systems. Technology and Data Management strives to make information about fish, fishing, and fisheries more available and easily accessible to the public.

Current Projects:  

Technology Keeps Moving Forward  

New information and updated maps on the web site:
On iowadnr.gov, integrated information is presented on the updated fish, lake, river, and trout stream web pages.  It includes fishing reports, fishing forecasts, lists of amenities, and links to maps and fish survey data.  Lake-specific regulations, river maps and fish stocking data are coming soon.

The next step on the web - going mobile!
Iowa has been reviewing the progress of smartphone apps other states and have developed.  Iowa now has a plan to create our first mobile friendly web pages in the first quarter of 2013.  Look for our license vendor search page, and mobile friendly version, soon!

Investigating the return on investment of the urban trout program
In 2004, Iowa began an expansion of its urban trout stocking program.  Three sites have been stocked since the 1980’s, and fifteen additional stocking locations have been added recently.  Iowa’s electronic license sales database provides information about sales of trout fishing permits, including the timing and location of sales, the demographics of purchasers, and the home address of purchasers.  This information is used to assess the success of urban trout stocking by looking at new purchases (purchasers who had never previously purchased a trout privilege) and continuation of purchases (frequency of trout privilege purchases in subsequent years).  Trout privilege purchases have increased in recent years, and the location of new purchasers is associated with locations of urban trout stocking.


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