Claire Corlett

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Sucker fish release


(NATS: Water splashing) THE FISH WERE RELEASED INTO THE
SHOALWATER BAY AREA BY ALAN MIKKELSEN, AN ADVISOR TO THE
SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR. “We are conducting the
first release of reared endangered suckers here
in Upper Klamath Lake.” “What’s going on here is an
attempt to stabilize and ultimately increase the population
of suckers in the lake.” WHILE THERE ARE PLENTY OF YOUNG
AND OLD SUCKER FISH IN THE LAKE, THERE ARE FEW ADOLESCENTS
AND NO ONE KNOWS EXACTLY WHY. “We’re not getting new individuals that
join the adult spawning population…” “…exactly what’s causing that
disappearance, is not totally clear.” THE DOZEN OR SO FISH RELEASED
TUESDAY WERE CAUGHT AS LARVAE IN THE WILLIAMSON RIVER,
AND RAISED IN A ‘NURSERY’. “Over the next two weeks,
we’ll be releasing about 2,500 fish that have been
raised at ‘Gone Fishing’.” “We hope to get to a hundred thousand
fish as quickly as possible.” “A statement from the Klamath Tribes
indicated that they felt this was a step in the right direction, but it was also
a little bit too little too late.” “We have to start somewhere.
And nobody believes that this is anywhere near the
numbers that we need.” MIKKELSEN SAID IT FELT
GOOD TO RELEASE THE FISH. “I actually felt really really good,
because I release, I catch and release a lot of fish – normally
they are steelhead and salmon.” IN KLAMATH FALLS, LYLE
AHRENS, NBC2 NEWS.

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