Microplastics Research Scoping Meeting Scheduled for January 24, 2024

Reservoirs managers and partners frequently place fish structure, with plastic being one of several useful materials. However, given the extent of plastic pollution document in aquatic ecosystems, our working group hopes to establish some research questions and reasonable scope for studying microplastics in relation to fisheries, especially in relation to artificial fish structure. This is a BIG question, and the study is not an easy one to design or bound. Thus, we have scheduled a scoping meeting which we hope you will attend. We are especially interested in state agency viewpoints regarding study feasibility and potential involvement, as well as assuring the scientific rigor of such a study.

Please join us and participate!

  • Who: Anyone interested in microplastics in lakes and reservoirs. The call will be led by Rebecca Krogman (Iowa DNR), Sean Kinney (Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries), and Steve Midway (Louisiana State University)
  • What: 1-hour informational Zoom meeting. No prior knowledge or experience with microplastics required.
  • When: January 24, 2024, 10–11am CT
  • Where: https://lsu.zoom.us/j/8249531601
  • Why: To learn about existing studies of microplastics in lakes, threats of microplastics in aquatic systems, and possible collaboration roles for management agencies.

In addition, if the study resulting aligns with Reservoir Fisheries Habitat Partership's goals to guide work using the best available science, then it is possible we will support the research with some funding. Your input is especially valuable at this developmental stage!

 We hope you can join us!

Multi-state grant planning group leaders:

  • Steve Midway, Louisiana State University
  • Sean Kinney, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Southern Division RTC
  • Rebecca Krogman, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, North Central Division RTC