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Topminnow and pupfish release at Aravaipa Canyon
Southwest Region, October 13, 2005
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The Tucson Suboffice of the Fish and Wildlife Service, The Nature Conservancy, the Bureau of Land Management, and Arizona Game and Fish Department transported and released endangered desert pupfish and Gila topminnow into new habitat on the south rim of Aravaipa Canyon, on October 13, 2005.  The stocking of these fish was the first action taken under the recently signed Safe Harbor Agreement with TNC.  Section 7 consultation allowed the fish to be released on BLM lands.  Topminnow from Bylas Spring, allowed by the San Carlos Apache and facilitated by AZFRO, were transported from San Carlos to Dudleyville by AGFD.  There, pupfish gathered from ponds on TNC land, along with the topminnow, were flown by a helicopter provided by the Bureau of Reclamation to the release sites.  The helicopter saved transport time and greatly reduced the time that the fish were held captive, thereby reducing their handling stress.  The fish were put into Bleak Spring and Cement Spring on TNC land, and into Parson Spring on land owned by both TNC & BLM.  There were a total of 150 topminnow and 150 pupfish stocked into the three sites.  

Contact Info: Martin Valdez, 505-248-6599, martin_valdez@fws.gov



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