Friday, 26 April 2019
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SEASON FOR COLORDAO'S TWO- BILLION- DOLLAR RECREATIONAL FISHING INDUSTRY A DISEASE IN THE WATER THAT'S KILLING RAINBOW TROUT — POSES A THREAT TO THE ENTIRE SPECIES

CBS'S BARRY PETERSEN TAKES US TOTHE BANKS OF THE GUNNISON RIVER TO BRING US THE STORY LINE WHIPS THROUGH AIR JOEL EVANS HAS BEEN FISHING THIS STRETCH OF THE GUNNISON RIVER IN WESTERN COLORADO FOR MORE THAN 40 YEARS LIKE MOST ANGLERS IN THESE PARTS, FOR HIM, ONE SPECIES OF FISH IS KING — THE RAINBOW TROUT "WHAT'S IT LIKE TO HAVE A RAINBOW AT THE END OF THIS LINE? "OH, THEY'RE FUN! THEY TEND TO BE MORE ACTIVE, THEY JUMP MORE" BUT IN THE 1990S THAT FIGHT SHIFTED TO ONE BETWEEN RAINBOW TROUT AND A PARASITE THAT INVADED COLORADO RIVERS IT CAUSES WHIRLING DISEASE, AN AQUATIC PLAGUE WHERE YOUNG FISH ARE DEFORMED, SWIM IN CIRCLES AND DIE OF STARVATION

"WHAT KIND OF NUMBERS OF DECREASE DID YOU SEE?" "LITERALLY, A TEN-FOLD DECREASE " EVER SINCE, COLORADO FISH AND WILDLIFE MANAGER RENZO DEL PICCOLO HAS BEEN WORKING TO KEEP THE RAINBOW ALIVE THROUGH VARIOUS BREEDING PROGRAMS

"THE RAINBOW TROUT IS HUGELY IMPORTANT TO THIS STATE "HOW IMPORTANT? IS THERE A DOLLAR NUMBER?" "FISHING IN GENERAL IT'S ESTIMATED OVER 2 BILLION DOLLARS TO THE ECONOMY" ENGINE STARTS UP SCIENTISTS GOT A MAJOR BREAK WHEN THEY DISCOVERED A SMALL ISOLATED GROUP OF RAINBOW TROUT IMMUNE TO THE DISEASE IN THIS REMOTE PART OF THE GUNNISON "NICE WORK!" ERIC GARDUNIO IS CRUISING THESE WATERS WHERE THE IMMUNE TROUT WERE DISCOVERED, CAPTURING HEALTHY FEMALE FISH AND USING THEM TO BREED TENS OF THOUSANDS OF OFFSPRING THAT ARE ALSO IMMUNE TO THE ILLNESS

"ALL RIGHT, HERE WE GO " GENERATOR STARTS UP THEY USE THIS SPINDLY APPARATUS TO SEND A WEAK ELECTRIC CURRENT THROUGH THE WATER THAT ATTRACTS, THEN STUNS THE TROUT AND THEN IT'S JUST UP TO OUR NETTERS TO BE QUICK WITH THEIR NET AND GET THOSE FISH OUT OF THE WATER AS QUICK AS POSSIBLE" THE PROCESS DEPENDS ON TOUCH AND TIME — THE TOUCH FOR GETTING THE EGGS OUT OF A FEMALE "SO USUALLY THERE'LL BE ABOUT A THOUSAND EGGS PER FEMALE " EGGS SPILL OUT AND THE TIME, LESS THAN A MINUTE TO USE THE MALE TROUT TO FERTILIZE THE EGGS "THE PROCESS OF LIFE IS GOING AT THAT POINT" THE FERTILIZED EGGS ARE BROUGHT TO A NEARBY HATCHERY, WHERE THEY ARE CULTIVATED AND RAISED INTO HEALTHY RAINBOW TROUT, READY TO STOCK RIVERS ALL OVER COLORADO SO WITH A LITTLE LUCK, AND A LOT OF SCIENCE, THEY'LL BE TELLING FISH STORIES HERE FOR DECADES TO COME

BARRY PETERSEN, CBS NEWS, IN THE BLACK CANYON OF THE GUNNISON RIVER, COLORADO

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