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Rocky Reach shoreline residents may see boat doing fish studies at night

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Rocky Reach shoreline residents may see boat doing fish studies at night

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August 7, 2012

(Wenatchee, WA) Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife crews will be working at night through August along the Rocky Reach reservoir shoreline as they complete fish studies for Chelan County PUD.

The researchers are using an electrofishing boat, which uses bright lights with a generator providing power, that may be seen at night operating close to shore in various shallow water areas of the reservoir, including near docks. Fish are released unharmed after they are examined and pertinent information recorded.

The intent of the survey is to gather information on the type and number of resident fish inhabiting the Rocky Reach reservoir, with a primary focus on predatory fish that may be eating juvenile salmon and steelhead. The information will be used to guide decisions for improving juvenile salmon and steelhead survival and, potentially, improving recreational fishing options.

Property owners along the shoreline may see the boat with lights on it and may hear the boat’s generator. Work will be done throughout nighttime hours.

For further information, contact Jeff Osborn of the Chelan County PUD Natural Resources Division, 661-4176.

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