“This is a one-year project in which we will tag 50 fish to learn more about the relationship between brown trout and burbot and get local school children involved in their management through TU’s Adopt-A-Trout Program,” said Nick Walrath TU Green River Project Manager. “We will study brown trout winter habitat and spawning areas and identify what competition there is with burbot. With the burbot, we will study their movement in the Green River to learn more about their relationship with Flaming Gorge and the river. We hope to discover a sort of “Achilles heel” in the life history of burbot that the Game and Fish and anglers can use to further reduce burbot numbers in local waters.”
Burbot were illegally introduced into the Green River Drainage in the late 1990’s and have raised havoc with other, native fish populations ever since.
Anglers are asked to please release the tagged trout back in to the river as soon as possible. Angler assistance in this important fish study is very much appreciated.
TU has been conducting Adopt-A-Trout programs in Wyoming since 2007 and the program has been very well received because it gives students a real opportunity to assist with a hands-on scientific project in their own community. Students learn about the fish species and more about what fisheries biologists do to manage their local fishery.
“We could not conduct this research project without the financial help from many businesses,” Walrath said. “Funding for this project was made possible thanks to Seedskadee Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Wyoming Wildlife Natural Resources Trust, FMC, OCI and Rocky Mountain Power.”