Monday, January 19, 2015

In the News: Fishing Laws that Work

This huge steelhead — 28 pounds — was caught in Idaho recently. It was released due to changes in the law due the fact the steelhead is considered a threatened species in Idaho. It’s a huge fish no doubt, but what’s interesting about this story is that the fish, which was about 7 years old, would have broken the previous record by almost 8 pounds. That’s pretty amazing, and proof that protection of species will have a significantly positive effect on a fish species. This steelhead is a breeding machine, making millions of fry which have the potential to pass on these super genes to future generations.

It’s great to see when protective laws have tangible positive effects, such as this.

— Dr. Todd

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