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Alex Schubert of the Colorado Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office and Keegan Delurey of the Student Conservation Assoc...
11/07/2020

Alex Schubert of the Colorado Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office and Keegan Delurey of the Student Conservation Association were thrilled when they found cylindrical papershell mussels on F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming. This is the first time live, cylindrical papershell mussels, who are a Wyoming species of concern, had been identified on F.E. Warren Air Force Base. http://ow.ly/gNLv50CdX8j
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On this FWCO Friday , we are celebrating the efforts of the Arcata Fish and Wildlife Office (AFWO) staff in California, ...
11/06/2020

On this FWCO Friday , we are celebrating the efforts of the Arcata Fish and Wildlife Office (AFWO) staff in California, who routinely conduct Chinook salmon carcass and redd (fish nests) surveys on the Klamath River. Salmon are gravel nest spawners. Female salmon dig a nest with their tails, which is called a redd, where their deposit eggs. These eggs are externally fertilized by one or more male salmon, and then covered by gravel. Identifying and documenting salmon redds demonstrate that salmon are using this area to spawn. The Arcata Fish and Wildlife Office conducts these surveys on the Klamath River with the Karuk Tribe of California and the Yurok Tribal Fisheries Program to monitor trends in escapement. Escapement is a term that describes the number of salmon that escape the perils of their spawning migration, which includes but are not limited to commercial and recreational fishermen, orcas and sea lions, during their ocean life history stage. These types of surveys can also help to determine male to female ratios and spawning success. Carcass surveys are normally conducted weekly by walking the shoreline or floating down the river and counting salmon carcasses. http://ow.ly/UaZ750CdJbU
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This is wonderful news!
11/06/2020

This is wonderful news!

Good news for fish and floaters in the Upper Clark Fork! No more fish in the ditch; no more impassable river obstacles at the Alvi-Beck irrigation ditch near Galen, thanks to a just-completed project that includes a new, life-saving fish screen, and a diversion upgrade that allows the river to now flow unimpeded at this site. This means better trout survival, and an easier time fishing for them too. Many thanks to our project partner, Trout Unlimited, as well as RLF Open Rivers Fund, MT Natural Resource Damage Program, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, George Grant TU, WestSlope Chapter Trout Unlimited, Glacier Excavating, River Design Group, and our awesome volunteers, who pitched in to revegetate the site. Next up: upgrading several more diversions in this stretch of the UCF in the coming years. Stay tuned!

11/06/2020

It is FWCO Friday and we are highlighting the efforts of the Arcata Fish and Wildlife Office (AFWO) staff and their efforts to study a parasite carried by aquatic worms that can have detrimental effects on native salmonids in the Klamath River. Monitoring of the density and abundance of this parasite has been ongoing since 2010. Data collected from this project is being used to understand the life cycle of the parasite, which uses an aquatic worm as a host species. This research is one of the many projects of the Arcata Fish and Wildlife Office that are used to inform water management decisions in the Klamath River Basin. http://ow.ly/xuGe50CdNg6
Video USFWS Samantha Adams

Researchers from the University of Santa Cruz and the NOAA Fisheries Southwest Science Center recently discovered that a...
11/05/2020

Researchers from the University of Santa Cruz and the NOAA Fisheries Southwest Science Center recently discovered that a genetic variation was responsible for almost all of the differences in timing between spring and fall-migrating salmon. The discovery of this one small section of the salmon genome is the first time scientists have linked a single gene region to such an influential difference in a vertebrate species. http://ow.ly/oDNd50CcNZo
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It is November already and Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Now is the time to start doing your preliminary ice ...
11/05/2020

It is November already and Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Now is the time to start doing your preliminary ice fishing homework by scouting out areas on the lake that demonstrate their ability to support fish under the ice. In many cases, areas that consistently produce fish during open water conditions are different from the areas that produce excellent results when ice fishing. Ice anglers now use side-scan technology to identify prime fishing habitat for ice fishing. http://ow.ly/eTGS50CcsW6
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Greg Jenkins, editor of Wildlife in North Carolina, was quoted as saying that Duane Raver is unfailingly accurate as a f...
11/04/2020

Greg Jenkins, editor of Wildlife in North Carolina, was quoted as saying that Duane Raver is unfailingly accurate as a fish artist. Duane Raver let us use many of his illustrations for our Freshwater Fish of America homepage. http://ow.ly/grW050CbOux
Image Duane Raver

Freshwater mussels are the most imperiled group of animals in North America and endangered snuffbox mussels, sometimes c...
11/04/2020

Freshwater mussels are the most imperiled group of animals in North America and endangered snuffbox mussels, sometimes called “clean-water” engineers, are only known to exist in 79 streams in 14 states and 1 Canadian province. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Ionia Conservation District provided funding from the National Fish Passage Program, through the Michigan Field Office, to support the joint propagation efforts of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) and Central Michigan University (CMU) to rear snuffbox mussels. Logperch were used as the host species to carry the juvenile stage snuffbox mussels until they matured and let go of the host fish. Consumer’s Energy allowed CMU and MDNR to rear the mussels at the Webber Dam on the Grand River, near the town of Lyons in Ionia County, Michigan. MDNR and CMU biologists will tag and release the young mussels back into the Grand River at sites between Webber Dam and the confluence of the Maple River to help increase the species’ population. http://ow.ly/wb7f50CbCBH
Photo Mike Hoggarth

This fishing event was no trick! It was an absolute treat for the residents of Magnolia Manor Nursing Home in Tupelo, Mi...
11/03/2020

This fishing event was no trick! It was an absolute treat for the residents of Magnolia Manor Nursing Home in Tupelo, Mississippi, where Private John Allen staff provided these residents with a Halloween fishing treat they will never forget! Approximately 60 residents had the opportunity to take turns fishing for their popular native fish species the channel catfish. The resident in this picture may be wearing a mask for Halloween but we can still see her smile of satisfaction behind the mask! Can you see it? Wait a minute! That looks the spark of aquatic resource stewardship too! http://ow.ly/ke5950CaHlw
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Who would have guessed that the COVID-19 pandemic would have a positive effect on fishing license sales throughout Ameri...
11/02/2020

Who would have guessed that the COVID-19 pandemic would have a positive effect on fishing license sales throughout America? From January through August 2020 fishing license sales increased by more than 3 million over last year’s totals. http://ow.ly/IAWD50C9Esi
USFWS Kayt Jonnson

Be an angler astronomer! The second blue moon that we had on Halloween can affect fish behavior in several ways, dependi...
11/02/2020
Once in a Blue Moon: How Does the Moon Affect Fish Behavior?

Be an angler astronomer! The second blue moon that we had on Halloween can affect fish behavior in several ways, depending on the species. The full moon can increase light under the water and increase tidal fluctuations. http://ow.ly/ImDu50C974z

moon-rise over Pallette Lake, Wisconsin The next time a blue moon will occur on Halloween won’t be until 2077, so if you missed it this weekend… well. Too bad. A blue moon is the second…

Happy Halloween! The Aquatic Animal Drug Approval Partnership has decided to share photos of their beloved pets dressed ...
11/01/2020

Happy Halloween! The Aquatic Animal Drug Approval Partnership has decided to share photos of their beloved pets dressed up in aquatic animal costumes. This is Tika. Can you tell what marine aquatic species she is impersonating? We will give you a hint: They are some of the most intelligent marine invertebrates in the sea. http://ow.ly/kRZb50C7G3i
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Their fate is sealed at birth. There is no way around it. Spawn and then die! Many Pacific salmon are on the final leg o...
10/31/2020

Their fate is sealed at birth. There is no way around it. Spawn and then die! Many Pacific salmon are on the final leg of their spawning migration during Halloween and begin their dreaded transformations into “Zombie Salmon!” http://ow.ly/JtYv50C560C
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Happy Halloween! The Aquatic Animal Drug Approval Partnership has decided to share photos of their beloved pets dressed ...
10/31/2020

Happy Halloween! The Aquatic Animal Drug Approval Partnership has decided to share photos of their beloved pets dressed up in aquatic animal costumes. Can you name the type of marine species Willow is impersonating? We will give you a hint: this ancient species has a skeleton made of cartilage. http://ow.ly/P9g950C7Bna
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Happy Halloween! The Aquatic Animal Drug Approval Partnership decided to share pictures of their beloved pets dressed up...
10/31/2020

Happy Halloween! The Aquatic Animal Drug Approval Partnership decided to share pictures of their beloved pets dressed up as aquatic species. Can you identify the marine species Binx is impersonating? We will give you a hint: It is deep-sea marine species that fishes with a fishing lure which glows. http://ow.ly/ME9N50C7AvE
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It's Halloween and we want to introduce you to Zombie Fish, who are examples of the “living dead!” Their physical deteri...
10/31/2020

It's Halloween and we want to introduce you to Zombie Fish, who are examples of the “living dead!” Their physical deterioration is drastic. Their post spawning, apocalyptic metamorphosis is nothing short of a real life horror movie! http://ow.ly/IL2W50C5497
USFWS Katrina Liebich

Please continue your wonderful  healing work and keep sowing the  seeds of aquatic resource stewardship in our young peo...
10/31/2020

Please continue your wonderful healing work and keep sowing the seeds of aquatic resource stewardship in our young people.

The Mayfly Project is a noble form of fish love. It uses fly-fishing as a therapeutic activity to help mentor foster children while also creating the spark of natural resource stewardship in these youth. http://ow.ly/JjxU50BZ7bm
Photo USFWS Ryan Hagerty

It’s FWCO Friday and we thought we would share this photo of Kenai Fish and Wildlife Office fishery biologist, Jim Boers...
10/30/2020

It’s FWCO Friday and we thought we would share this photo of Kenai Fish and Wildlife Office fishery biologist, Jim Boersma, catching juvenile Chinook during the winter. A little cold water does not bother this dedicated fish biologist. The Kenai Fish and Wildlife Office staff have helped support the study of Chinook salmon populations in the Funny, Tuluksak , Kwelthluk and Kelly Rivers and in Quartz Creek, Alaska. They also provide fishery data to support the management of the whitefish subsistence fishery on the Kuskokwim River in the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge. http://ow.ly/62mG50C7oOq
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It is FWCO Friday and we are highlighting the staff of the Kenai Fish and Wildlife Office in Soldotna, Alaska, who monit...
10/30/2020

It is FWCO Friday and we are highlighting the staff of the Kenai Fish and Wildlife Office in Soldotna, Alaska, who monitor and conduct population assessments of the world class Chinook salmon and rainbow trout fisheries of the Kenai River. This office is part of the Alaska Regional Fisheries Program of the U.S. Fish Wildlife Service, which includes dedicated professional staff from Anchorage, Juneau and Fairbanks. http://ow.ly/EpA250C7hFV
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After determining that the spiral, swimming pattern exhibited by newly hatched California Central Valley Chinook was not...
10/29/2020

After determining that the spiral, swimming pattern exhibited by newly hatched California Central Valley Chinook was not due to disease, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service treated them with a thiamine bath and they recovered. As a result, several fish and wildlife agencies have implemented research and response efforts to determine the cause of thiamine or B-1 deficiency that is increasing the death of juvenile Chinook salmon in California’s Central Valley.http://ow.ly/VGgI50C5xIP
Photo USFWS Steve Martarano

To help honor World Fish Migration Day last Saturday, we wanted to share this informative video describing the removal o...
10/29/2020

To help honor World Fish Migration Day last Saturday, we wanted to share this informative video describing the removal of the Camp Wihakowi Dam on Bull Run in Northfield, Vermont. The description of the systematic process in removing this dam also highlights the direct benefits of dam removal and how it improves fish migration for local brook trout populations. This project was one of several projects implemented by the East Brook Trout Joint Venture Fish National Fish Habitat Partnership during 2020. http://ow.ly/XFSq50C5i5F
Photo USFWS Ryan Hagerty

Julie Butler with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said, “Removing dams are a big deal. So we are moving them when we ...
10/28/2020

Julie Butler with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said, “Removing dams are a big deal. So we are moving them when we get the chance.” The removal of the Camp Wihakowi dam on Bull Run, a tributary to the Dog River in Vermont, will benefit native brook trout. The “Friends of the Winooski River” were the lead organization behind the removal of the dam. Michele Braun, Project Manager for the Friends of the Winooski River, notes that the dam removal will help protect 7,000 brook trout that live there and will open up access to 25 additional miles of coldwater habitat.
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Sea lamprey control in Lake Champlain is a cooperative effort between the New York State Department of Conservation, Ver...
10/28/2020

Sea lamprey control in Lake Champlain is a cooperative effort between the New York State Department of Conservation, Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Water use advisories are in effect for the Lamoille River in Vermont because it was treated earlier in the week with lampricides to help control sea lamprey that prey on landlocked salmon, native trout and other species in Lake Champlain. http://ow.ly/rSUe50C4ZaU
Photo USFWS Kasia Mullett

Attention all AADAP Update suscribers! The latest updates for our Aquatic Animal Drug Approval Program are now available...
10/27/2020

Attention all AADAP Update suscribers! The latest updates for our Aquatic Animal Drug Approval Program are now available for your viewing at the AADAP website. http://ow.ly/qLbB50C4a97
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Aquaculture America 2021 will now be held on Aug. 11-14, where our Aquatic Animal Drug Approval Partnership Program will...
10/27/2020

Aquaculture America 2021 will now be held on Aug. 11-14, where our Aquatic Animal Drug Approval Partnership Program will host a special session with the National Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and the National Aquaculture Association. http://ow.ly/xJoz50C3U5J
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Striped bass are a valuable resource for commercial and recreational anglers and play an important role in the Chesapeak...
10/27/2020

Striped bass are a valuable resource for commercial and recreational anglers and play an important role in the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem. Preliminary results suggest a stronger than average year-class was produced in Virginia this year. http://ow.ly/RmAC50C3h8t
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After they were removed from the Mississippi River by commercial fishermen, acoustic tags were placed in four silver car...
10/26/2020

After they were removed from the Mississippi River by commercial fishermen, acoustic tags were placed in four silver carp by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to help identify the best placxes to harvest them in the Mississippi River. http://ow.ly/lGcG50C2Tft
Photo Ryan Hagerty

On World Fish Migration Day, we had to mention the iconic American shad, a migratory species and largest member of the h...
10/25/2020

On World Fish Migration Day, we had to mention the iconic American shad, a migratory species and largest member of the herring family, which spends its adult life in the Atlantic Ocean and ascends coastal tributaries to spawn. American Shad were one of the primary forms of sustenance for Native Americans and early colonists. American shad were an integral component of coastal Atlantic culture. The shad’s scientific name, Alosa sapidissima, roughly translates as “herring most delicious.” American shad festivals were held all along the Atlantic coast. Shad festivals are still being held in Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania and North Carolina. Unfortunately, American shad stocks have greatly diminished because of overfishing and the building of dams that have prevented them for making their “tributary-specific” spawning migrations. The 2020 assessment of coastwide American shad populations conducted by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission indicates American shad stocks are depleted and have changed little since the 2007 Assessment of American Shad by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. We still have a lot of work to do if we are going to revive the American shad populations of the Atlantic, which used to be the largest and most important commercial and recreational fisheries along the Atlantic coast. Species like American shad verify the continued need for future World Fish Migration Days! http://ow.ly/A8hU50C1Kvb
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It is World Fish Migration Day and we are recognizing the Central California Coast Lamprey Working Group and their role ...
10/25/2020

It is World Fish Migration Day and we are recognizing the Central California Coast Lamprey Working Group and their role in restoring pacific lamprey, an ancient migratory fish species to San Luis Obispo Creek in California. They say hindsight is "20-20," but very few folks would have guessed that the installation of a fish weir on San Luis Obispo Creek would be the major cause of the extirpation of Pacific lamprey in this coastal tributary. Group members include the California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW), City of San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo Land Conservancy, Western Fishes, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In 2013, the working group designed and installed an innovative and economical solution made from reclaimed materials – a curved piece of metal placed over the weir affectionately called a “lamp ramp.” In 2017, local observers reported adult Pacific Lamprey building nests in the creek, indicating that the population had recolonized without the need of human facilitated reintroduction. San Luis Obispo Creek had the unique distinction of being designated as one of the Top Ten Waters to Watch for 2020 by the National Fish Habitat Partnership Program. Mother Nature is amazing! http://ow.ly/CzBQ50C1Jce
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Check out this video, which  describes the rearing of athletic steelhead, coho and Chinook salmon by the Nez Perce Tribe...
10/24/2020

Check out this video, which describes the rearing of athletic steelhead, coho and Chinook salmon by the Nez Perce Tribe and Dworshak National Fish Hatchery to mitigate the effects of Dworshak Dam in Idaho, for World Fish Migration Day! http://ow.ly/r49050C1GNe
USFWS Ryan Hagerty

It is World Fish Migration Day and we urge all of our fans and followers to view this awesome storyboard detailing the m...
10/24/2020

It is World Fish Migration Day and we urge all of our fans and followers to view this awesome storyboard detailing the multi-jurisdictional, collaborative efforts that were implemented to enhance fish passage in the Klamath River Basin. http://ow.ly/tixM50C1EIG
USFWS John Heil

Today is World Fish Migration Day and they are having a wonderful World Fish Migration Day celebration in Richmond, Virg...
10/24/2020

Today is World Fish Migration Day and they are having a wonderful World Fish Migration Day celebration in Richmond, Virginia right now, including pontoon boat trips highlighting fish of the James River and a family fishing event. http://ow.ly/Hcvu50C1DRA
Photo USFWS Don West

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