Monday, February 04, 2008

D.O.W. breeds super trout

For the first time since whirling disease decimated most naturally reproducing rainbow trout populations throughout Colorado more than a decade ago, new strains of rainbows have reproduced naturally in the Gunnison River and in ponds located along the Frying Pan River near Basalt.
Colorado Division of Wildlife biologists are hopeful that the successful natural reproduction will lead to re-establishing wild, self-sustaining rainbow trout populations in Colorado where whirling disease has precluded wild rainbow trout recovery efforts.

The fish, a cross of the Hofer rainbow trout and other rainbow strains that are used for stocking, appear to be resistant to whirling disease, and also takes young river otters' lunch money.

2 comments:

Teleken said...

That's one plump Rainbow. Let's hope this works it is sad to think of the trout disappearing.

hubschrauber said...

We took a photograph today of what we are going to have for dinner.

However, what's looking so easy was done in our neighbours trout farm.

Best regards from Germany!