Outdoors

TU offers $10K reward to fight illegal fish planting

FISHING —  Montana Trout Unlimited is working with the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks to supplement rewards in cases where people illegally plant non-native fish into important trout waters.

The organization has said it would add up to $10,000 to a reward for information leading to the prosecution and conviction of a so-called “bucket biologist.”

Montana TU Conservation Director Mark Aagenes tells the Independent Record that $10,000 is a lot of money, but it would be well spent to deter illegal introductions when you consider the cost of lost fishing opportunities and the cost of removing an invasive species.

Introduced fish can compete with, breed with or prey on established species; spread disease and impair water quality.

Montana TU and FWP are still discussing how to create the reward program.




You must be logged in to post comments. Please log in here or click the comment box below for options.

comments powered by Disqus
Rich Landers

Rich Landers’ Outdoors blog


Rich Landers writes and photographs stories for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including a Sunday feature section and a Thursday column. He also writes the Outdoors Blog.


Follow online:


Recent posts


Close

Sections


Profile

Close

Contact the Spokesman

Main switchboard:
(509) 459-5000
(800) 338-8801
Newsroom:
(509) 459-5400
(800) 789-0029
Customer service:
(800) 338-8801