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Report Urges Caution In Fish Trap-and-Haul Programs

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When migratory fish populations keep dropping and dams get in the way of their spawning journeys, fish managers often resort to "trap and haul."  It is what it sounds like: trap the fish below the dam, take them by truck or barge or helicopter to the water above the dam. 

Now two-way trap-and-haul is recommended for sensitive salmon species in dam-happy California. 

And a report from UC-Davis recommends caution in that process. 

Robert Lusardi is the lead author of the report.  He visits with Greg Taylor, a fish biologist involved with a trap-and-haul program at Cougar Dam in Lane County.  

 

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