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Flaming Gorge Burbot Study
Researchers with Utah State University (USU), in cooperation with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) and Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (UDWR), will be conducting a burbot research project on Flaming Gorge Reservoir during fall 2012 and winter 2013. The department wants anglers to be aware of the research efforts in the upcoming months and asks that they do not disturb any nets they may encounter. “Often when research projects are being conducted, numerous reports are received from concerned anglers about suspicious sampling gear in the water,” said Green River Fisheries Biologist Craig Amadio. “The project begins in late October and anglers may observe nets in the water until the reservoir freezes. This is an important research project that will help us learn more about the illegally introduced burbot population and will ultimately assist with burbot suppression efforts and future management of the fishery. Any disturbance or damage to the nets will hinder the project. Amadio says the goals of this research project are to identify the extent of seasonal movement by burbot and evaluate the primary prey resources contributing to the diet of burbot in the reservoir. “If an angler happens to inadvertently harvest a tagged burbot, we are asking that they retrieve the internal telemetry tag and return it to the Green River Game and Fish Office so it can be used on another fish for the study.” Amadio said burbot will be tagged at eight different locations throughout the reservoir and will be tracked throughout this winter and next spring. For more information about the burbot research project, call the Green River Game and Fish Office at (800)843-8096 (in-state only) or (307)-875-3223.