Govt. spends $175,000 to Observe ‘Swimming Abilities’ of Fish

By Elizabeth Harrington

(Washington Free Beacon) The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) will spend $175,000 for a study on the “swimming abilities” of fish in the Northern Rockies, the agency announced on Thursday.

The FWS, a bureau within the Department of the Interior, will award a grant for the study that will produce a “fish swimming video.”

The grant announcement, entitled “Cooperative Research Program on the Swimming Abilities of Native Stream Fishes in the Northern Rockies-Upper Great Plains Regions of Montana,” estimated the project’s cost at $175,000.

Montana State University’s (MSU) Department of Ecology will administer the study in conjunction with the FWS Bozeman Fish Technology Center in Montana.

The FWS already is conducting “cutting-edge fish passage research” at the Bozeman center by observing two fish species, the sauger and the longnose dace, swim.

“The goal of the swimming capability research is to improve fish passage and landscape connectivity for native and sensitive species,” said David Dockery, an MSU graduate student who worked on the previous FWS project.

Among the tasks for the latest study are conducting “fish-swimming experiments,” and “analysis of fish swimming video.”

MSU will also provide “scientific expertise” and “staff time for conducting the fish-swimming experiments and any necessary laboratory analyses.” The results will be published in scientific peer-reviewed journals.

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