BURNS, Ore. —Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife staff is working with the Burns Paiute Tribe to study the abundance of redband trout, also known as eastside rainbow trout, in streams of the Malheur River Basin.
Employees with the ODFW Native Fish Investigations Project in Corvallis will collect information on the redband trout to determine population numbers and help improve management to ensure future fishing opportunities.
The research will determine overall abundance, distribution and genetic relationships among redband trout across the entire Malheur River basin. The cooperative effort between ODFW and the Burns Paiute Tribe will involve sampling fish populations in over 150 randomly selected sites in the Malheur River basin that have potential redband trout distribution.
Two public meetings are scheduled in Malheur County to provide opportunities for ODFW and staff from the Burns Paiute Tribe to share information and answer questions about the redband trout research project. Public meetings will be held June 6 at Harper School in Harper and June 7 at the Road Crew shop in Ironside. Both meetings begin at 7 p.m.
Funding for these studies comes from a variety of sources including The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Forest Service, The U.S. Bureau of Land Management, the Burns Paiute Tribe, an Oregon Conservation Strategy Implementation Grant and the ODFW Restoration and Enhancement Program.
The mission of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is to protect and enhance Oregon's fish and wildlife and their habitats for use and enjoyment by present and future generations. The agency consists of the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission, a commission-appointed director and a statewide staff of approximately 950 permanent employees. Headquartered in Salem, ODFW has regional offices in Clackamas, Roseburg, Bend, and La Grande with ten district offices located throughout the state. For additional information, please visit www.dfw.state.or.us.