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Columbia Fishery Office Collects Missouri River Fish to Help Educate Public
Midwest Region, February 25, 2005
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During the month of February, Fishery Biologists Corey Lee, Andy Starostka, Nick Frohnauer, Colby Wrasse (Columbia FRO), Andy Roberts (Ecological Services), and volunteer Cliff Wilson collected fish for a Bass Pro Shop aquarium. Bass Pro is a large retail store that specializes in fishing, hunting, and outdoor equipment. A central attraction at Bass Pro Shop stores is their large aquariums; viewed by thousands of people daily. The newest store soon to be opened in Columbia, Mo., will feature a large aquarium containing fishes of the Missouri River. Species collected for the aquarium included shovelnose sturgeon, blue catfish, channel catfish, sauger, blue sucker, smallmouth buffalo, common carp and several others. Fish were caught from the Missouri River during sampling on the pallid sturgeon monitoring project and are representative of common native and exotic species of the Missouri River. Public aquariums are valuable educational tools which increase public awareness and interest in fisheries and resource conservation. This type of public outreach is especially important for Fishery Resources Offices who deal with large rivers, which often suffer from a lack of knowledge and concern from the general public. Educating people about river fish species is a critical step in conserving America's fisheries. Columbia FRO will also be taking part in Grand Opening Ceremonies at the Bass Pro Shop in Columbia and will be on-hand to answer questions from those who stop by the aquarium.

Contact Info: Larry Dean, 612-713-5312, Larry_Dean@fws.gov



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