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Friday, February 01, 2008

Whirling Disease Conquered?

The Colorado DOW has been working on the problem of whirling disease for awhile now and may finally have a breakthrough. For the past few years, they've been developing and subsequently stocking a new strain of rainbow that appears resistant to the disease. Now they have announced the discovery of natural reproduction of the disease-resistant fish. The fish were found in the Gunnison River and also in ponds along the Frying Pan River while doing the annual electroshocking surveys.

"They were plump, colorful fish, they looked good," said Barry Nehring, an aquatic researcher for the DOW in Montrose who has been working on whirling disease since 1994. "This is indicative that we've had successful reproduction."

This is great news since I love fishing the Gunnison. The last time I was there, I caught lots of browns up to 18 or 19 inches which is fun and all, but the lone rainbow I caught was a reminder of the river's heyday when lots of big rainbows were the norm. Hopefully the good news will continue as they do more research...

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous9:32 PM

    Thats great news. Now if we can only get rid of this didymo stuff.

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