Fisheries Experiment Station research
The Fisheries Experiment Station research program has been actively involved in fisheries research since 1986, although informal research has been conducted at the station since the early sixties. The general goal of the research is to provide better fishing through better survival of fish — primarily trout.
Historically, research has primarily focused on several general areas, including:
- fish diseases such as whirling disease and bacterial coldwater disease,
- reduction of stress and fin erosion of hatchery fish,
- production of sterile fish for stocking in waters with native cutthroat trout,
- refinement of aquaculture rearing techniques for both sport fish and rare native fish species and
- evaluation of new aquaculture technologies.
Our focus is to find solutions to fish- and fisheries-related problems in Utah, serving the needs of hatchery and field biologists and anglers.
See FES Research Publications for list of published articles (titles and abstracts) by the FES research staff. A bibliography on Tubificid worms or on fish transport compiled by Eric J. Wagner and Steven Intelmann may also be of interest. See Comparison of Hatchery and Field Performance Between the TenSleep Strain and a Whirling-Disease Resistant Rainbow Trout Strain for a copy of the 2011 report on this topic.
Recent literature reviews
- Wild Fish Traps in Utah: A Review of Their History, Management, and Fish Production. — (PDF format)
- Review of Effects of Double Crested Cormorants, American White Pelicans, and North American River Otters on Fisheries. — (PDF format)
- Review of the Effects of Rotenone on Aquatic Invertebrates. — (PDF format)
- Review of Fish Habitat Improvement Methods for Freshwater Reservoirs. — (PDF format)
- Review of Sterile Fish Production Using Hybrid Crosses or Ploidy Manipulation. — (PDF format)
- An Introduction to Warmwater Fish Culture in Utah. — (PDF format)