Barriers Should Keep Invasive Interlopers out of Gila’s Native Habitat
Gila Trout by Debbie Kay
In a move to protect a stretch of Willow Creek along the Gila Wilderness, the US Forest Service is moving forward with construction of a fish passage barrier during the spring of 2016. These barriers are designed to keep invasive fish, often hatchery-bred rainbows, from taking over the habitat. Also protect threatened Gila trout from interbreeding them out of existence. The project, funded by a combination of state and federal grants, is one of many barriers that have been constructed throughout the American West. Also to protect unique trout species with limited range. Continue reading Gila Trout Protected by New Mexico→
The landlocked desert state of Arizona may be a surprising choice for unique trout habitat, but they boast two unique species here; the Gila and Apache trout. Both species have had their struggles, but have managed to survive through fish and game efforts. These fish have gone from being so plentiful they were caught by the hundreds to the brink of extinction. Now they’re back, with populations sufficiently healthy that catch and release fisheries have reopened. The streams of the White Mountains, home to the Apache trout, and Gila, San Francisco and Blue River systems, home to the Gila trout, have had to undergo major stream use changes to keep these fish alive. Continue reading SUNDAY SERIES TROUT BUCKET LIST PART VI: Gila and Apache Trout→
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