Archive | October, 2016

Bucket biology and its impact on Oregon’s fisheries (Part 3)

Paulina Lake - bucket biology effects on fisheries

When a trio of warm-water fishing groups joined together a handful of years ago to educate the public about illegal introductions of fish, it wasn’t just to help those who fish for largemouth bass, crappie, yellow perch or species that thrive in certain climates.

It was to help improve – and prevent problems in – fisheries throughout Oregon.

For many decades, and in all types of waterbodies statewide, carefully managed fisheries have battled the troublesome effects of illegal introduction of a huge variety of fish that don’t belong there.

They range from blue chub at Paulina Lake in Central Oregon to brown bullhead catfish at Howard Prairie Reservoir in Jackson County and Tui chub in Diamond Lake near Roseburg. Continue Reading →

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Volunteers lead fish propagation renewal programs

Letz Creek - fish propagation renewal programs

Every year, volunteers at the Letz Creek Fish Rearing Facility near Lorane, the Munsel Creek Coho Salmon Program in Florence, and Depoe Bay Salmon Enhancement Commission Coho supplementation program give their time to spawn fish, incubate eggs and set these salmon and steelhead free.

Their work may provide a better catch in local rivers and other waterways.

“These efforts also ripple through these communities in other ways, including through programs in local schools and watershed clean-up efforts,” said Christine Clapp, Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program biologist for the Mid-Coast District of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Continue Reading →

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Fish Eggs to Fry program teaches kids throughout Oregon about fish biology and life cycles

Oregon Fish Eggs to Fry

When an Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife volunteer or employee walks into a sixth-grade classroom with a small blue cooler, the students watch with wide-eyed attention to see what will happen next.

In the weeks ahead, the students will take daily temperature readings and calculate how long it will be until the fish are mature. They will learn about the life history of fish as they observe the eggs hatching and transforming into “sac fry” before becoming tiny salmon. Soon, the students will take a field trip to a local creek, stream or river to learn about habitat and set these one-inch fish free.

The Fish Eggs to Fry program gives students in classrooms from kindergarten through high school a way to observe the biology of salmon, steelhead or trout first-hand and participate in the life cycle in a hands-on way. It brings to life and reinforces what they’re learning in their lessons. The project also lends itself to a broad variety of additional subject areas, including math, chemistry, writing and art. Continue Reading →

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North Oregon Coast district infrastructure improvements

ADA Platform - north oregon coast watershed enhancements

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and other organizations throughout the state, continue to improve boating and angling in Oregon lakes, rivers and streams. Here are a few highlights of improvements in the Northwest part of the state in recent months:

North Coast Watershed District

Nehalem River – In May, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife completed a boat ramp improvement project at the Pittsburg Boat Launch located on the upper Nehalem River north of Vernonia. “A contractor excavated accumulated silt and added gravel on the ramp down to the launch, making the ramp much more accessible for boaters who fish for cutthroat trout and winter steelhead,” said Robert Bradley, district fish biologist. Continue Reading →

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