Yurok Biologist Discovers Lamprey Sub-Species
The salmon and steelhead are the glamour fish of western rivers. But you'll find lamprey in many of the rivers, too.
A lamprey is a jawless fish--don't call it an eel--that attaches to other fish for feeding. Lamprey are very important to Native Americans in the region, and it was a member of the Yurok tribe, biologist Keith Parker, who discovered that there are actually two distinct sub-species of lamprey.
His work through the Yurok Tribe Fisheries Department is garnering attention. Keith Parker visits to talk about the work that led to his discoveries.