Sucker fish success
Tracy Liskey, Klamath Falls,
letter to the editor of Herald and News 4/3/18
would like to comment on the article about the sucker fish
being released in Upper Klamath Lake in Thursday March 22
effort by the Fish and Wildlife and private industry is the
first project that has been done since the listing of the
fish in 1988 that has a chance of saving the sucker fish.
past all we have done is keep the water levels higher and
the fish population has done nothing but continue to
decrease and the basin economy decrease because of water
lake has two ages of sucker fish in it, older fish which
seem to continue to survive and millions of just born sucker
fish which do not make it past the first few months of life.
little fish are not bigger than a small hair at birth and
get eaten by the other fish in the stream or die because of
the parasites that run rampant in our streams and lake that
affect them in the first few days of life.
process catches naturally born fish in the first few days of
life and takes them to a set of tanks with clean pure water.
They are treated for the parasites to get them healthy and
then held in large ponds for nearly two years then released
back into the lake.
process is not artificially propagating the fish (as the
tribes stated in the article) it is only protecting
naturally born fish from some of the major issues not being
addressed in the lake and rivers until they are big enough
to survive on their own.
Without this continued cooperation between Fish and Wildlife
and private industry the sucker fish will continue down the
path they are on now.
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