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San Bernardino National Wildlife Refuge Staff and Graduate Students Salvage Native Fish
Southwest Region, November 28, 2012
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Yaqui chub
Yaqui chub - Photo Credit: W.R. Radke

On November 28, 2012, refuge staff from San Bernardino National Wildlife Refuge along with two graduate students from the University of Arizona salvaged native fish, including Yaqui chub and Yaqui beautiful shiner, both Federally-listed under the Endangered Species Act, from two stock tanks. The stock tanks, which were both on private land, were in jeopardy of drying due to the ongoing drought. Three trap sets were employed to trap as many fish as possible from the site. Typically, salvage efforts employ seine nets in impoundments, but the size and unknown depth prohibited nets from being used.  With 304 Yaqui chub and nine Yaqui beautiful shiner caught, the number of fish salvaged was not as great as anticipated, and plans were made for additional salvage efforts.  Forty-five of the chub were given to the graduate students for use in a sediment tolerance in native fish study that they are conducting in partnership with the refuge.  Of the remaining salvaged fish, the chub were released into impoundments on the El Coronado Ranch in the West Turkey Creek Drainage in the Chiricahua Mountains, and the beautiful shiner were given to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum for their native fish display.


Contact Info: Christopher Lohrengel, 520-364-2104 x.106, chris_lohrengel@fws.gov



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