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The Frankenmuth Fish Passage Project at the Cass River Dam

Frankenmuth, Michigan's, fish passage project reconnects the fish of the Saginaw Bay to more than 73 miles of historically significant spawning areas. While the focus of the project is on fish passage, the project maximizes opportunities to benefit Frankenmuth’s local economy.

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Fish Passage Improvement. Start to Finish in 20 seconds!

In 20 seconds flat you can watch a road-stream crossing go from fish barrier to fish-friendly. This time-lapse video was taken two hours north of Anchorage. Project partners included the Matanuska Susitna Borough, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and Alaska Sustainable Salmon Fund. Design by DOWL HKM and construction by Western Construction.

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Setting the Stage for Sturgeon

Lake sturgeon swimming in its natural habitat.
Photo credit: USFWS
Lake sturgeon swimming in its natural habitat.

As the sun rises over the Seneca River in western New York, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service prepares to build an underwater spawning stage for lake sturgeon. Fsh biologist, Dr. Zy Biesinger of the Lower Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office talks about the collaboration on this project to help recover lake sturgeon in the Seneca River.

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Conservation Genetics Steers Gila Trout Management

Gila trout. Photo credit: USFWS
Gila trout

The trout stole its color from a southern New Mexico summer sunset. Gila trout sport a painter's pallet of pink and olive, rose, yellow and copper and a few tones in between. Beneath the black pepper flakes that fleck its side lies a lexis—a language carried forward from another time. It's an ancient language coded in molecules of proteins written by the press of time and experience in a land turned arid.

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Last updated: August 31, 2015