Friday, July 1, 2011

Bull Trout Reintroduction Underway on Upper Clackamas

Almost 50 years after they were wiped out from the Clackamas watershed, biologists with the US Fish and Wildlife Service last week began the process of reintroducing the fish to the system. This month a handful of fish ranging from adults to juveniles from the Metolius will be released in the Upper Clackamas with the goal of establishing a viable population of the threatened fish. Bull Trout have suffered throughout their range as logging and other land use changes degraded cold water spawning tributaries and overharvest depressed populations beyond the point of recovery. The Clackamas project is one of the first of its kind and may ultimately serve as a model for other native fish reintroductions.

More information in the Columbia Basin Bulletin:

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