Sicking, Lois P.. 2003. Anadromous Fish Strainers for Use in Wildland Drafting Operations. 0351 1203P. San Dimas, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, San Dimas Technology and Development Center. 32 p.
Anadromous fish—fish that return from the sea to rivers in order to breed—are being drafted into water-holding tanks used for fire suppression operations and project work. Many of the young fish are weak swimmers and are swept away during drafting operations; they eventually die. Over time, because so many juvenile fish are killed before they can reproduce, fish resources are depleted. To help the anadromous fish population, new Federal laws (i.e., Threatened and Endangered Species Act) and restrictions have been passed that protect fish and their natural habitats. San Dimas Technology and Development Center (SDTDC) staff developed and tested several prototypes in the laboratory that meet all the requirements and regulations.
Keywords: drafting, fish strainers
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