Biologists See Success In Relocation Of Endangered Fish In Arizona

Published: Monday, February 13, 2017 - 12:43pm
Updated: Monday, February 13, 2017 - 1:21pm

(Photo courtesy Arizona Game and Fish Department)
Humpback chub.

A team of biologists that worked in Arizona to relocate an endangered fish from the Little Colorado River has received national recognition as populations of humpback chub appear to be growing.

The Arizona Daily Sun reports that for more than a decade, biologists from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have moved hundreds of humpback chub each fall about five miles upriver, where there are fewer predators and more food for the fish.

Biologists say they've measured increased growth and survival among the translocated chub compared to their downstream counterparts.

The chubs' recovery earned the team of biologists Fish and Wildlife's 2016 Rachel Carson Award for Exemplary Scientific Accomplishment, which recognizes efforts applied to a conservation problem.

Biologist Mike Pillow says the goal of the project is to eventually be able to remove humpback chub from federal protection.

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