Fishery conference coming Friday |

Fishery conference coming Friday

by Joyce Hollister

Why are fish not reproducing in the East Carson River, and why do planted fish have a poor survival rate?

These questions and more will be discussed at the “Carson River Fishery Conference: The Status and Future of Fish on the Carson River” next week at the Carson Valley Inn.

Speakers and attendees will explore the best fishery management strategies for the East Carson and the roles county, state, federal and local groups have in improving the fishery.

“This conference is designed to provide information and create interest,” said Jane Schmidt, resource specialist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service, “especially in the aftermath of the flood. It is the first conference of its kind focused on fisheries.

“We really encourage property owners to participate.”

The conference is sponsored by the High Sierra Fly Casters. Admission is free and the conference is open to anyone who is interested in the fishery of the Carson River.

The Fly Casters have worked with the Nevada Division of Wildlife, California Department of Fish and Game, ranchers, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Alpine County Fish and Game Commission to improve fish habitat and increase numbers of fish.

The purpose of the conference is to bring together interested fishers, biologists and land managers to understand the fish populations and future potential for improving habitats and fish populations of the Carson River.

According to the Fly Casters, the Washoe Tribe and landowners whose property has been affected by mining and land management actions of the past support their educational efforts.

The conference will be held Feb. 20 from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

n Schmidt will speak on the “History of the Upper Carson Watershed” at 8:45 a.m.

n At 9:15 a.m., “Acid Mine Run-off Effects on Riparian Systems” will be discussed.

n At 10 a.m., “California Fish Populations and Stocking Program” will be discussed by Bill Somer of California Department of Fish and Game.

n At 10:30 a.m., “Nevada Fish Populations and Stocking Program” will be discussed by Pat Solberger and Stafford Lehr from Nevada Division of Wildlife.

n At 11 a.m., a roundtable discussion will be on the subject of “What We Can Do to Improve the Fishery.”

Giving the welcoming remarks and introductions will be the meeting’s moderator, Steve Lewis of the University of Nevada, Reno Extension Service.

The Upper Carson River Watershed Group will sponsor two other conferences on the Carson River watershed April 6 and 27. Att Coleville High School April 4, a conference on watershed management on the West Walker River will be held.

Schmidt said the conferences come as a result of the flood of last winter.

“This is a good time for people of these communities to pull together to look at the issues they have in common,” she said, “and try to find some ways of solving some of the problems they are facing on these rivers.”

The two conferences on the Carson River will discuss the management issues on the entire river from the headwaters to the Fallon area and the Newland Project, not just the East Carson, Schmidt added.

She said the April meetings will have a broader focus than that of next week’s conference on fisheries.

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