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Massive Declines in Crooked River Fish Populations
The 2016 Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife annual electro shocking survey of fish populations in the upper Wild & Scenic section of the Crooked River revealed that, during the past year, the wild redband trout population suffered a catastrophic 86.4 percent reduction in numbers while the native mountain whitefish mortality was an alarming 45.3 percent.

Last year when the Crooked River watershed was included within a regional drought-declared area, Bureau of Reclamation river flow decisions drained the Prineville Reservoir to its fourth-lowest level ever.

The rapid early winter reduction in flow suddenly decreased the width of the river and resulted in a significant loss of bank habitat for the aquatic bugs fish need to eat to survive.

 
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Fish are Dying at Alarming Rates - A study published in the September issue of BioScience, estimates that by 2050 , eighty-six species of fish may be extinct. That rate is 877 times higher than normal and has been accelerating in the past 20 years leading study author, Noel M. Burkhead of the U.S. Geological Survey to believe that “something’s up.”


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