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The Wisconsin Cooperative Fishery Research Unit has been an integral
part of fisheries and aquatic science research and education in the
College of Natural Resources at the University of Wisconsin–Stevens
Point since 1971. The cooperators of this partnership include the U.S.
Geological Survey, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and
the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
The Unit objectives are to conduct world-class fisheries and aquatic
science research of interest to cooperators, educate and train students
at the Master’s degree level in fisheries and aquatic sciences, and
provide extension services in fisheries and aquatic resource management.
Areas of study that have been emphasized by the Unit during the past 30
years include: fish biology; fisheries management; conservation
genetics; fish habitat analysis, design, and modeling; stock
identification and assessment; Great Lakes fisheries; limnology;
integrated land-water linkages; aquatic toxicology; and aquatic
The Unit has a special interest in understanding how ecosystem
processes are altered by anthropogenic activities having conducted
several multidisciplinary projects assessing linkages between aquatic
and terrestrial environments, and how to conserve genetic resources