Two New Fishery Research Programs in the Southeastern United States

Appropriations for the Bureau of Sport Fisheries and Wildlife, beginning July 1, 1961, include two items of interest to southeastern fishery managers and administrators. One is the sum of $85,000 for research or reservoir fish productivity in the White River Interstate Reservoir Complex in northern Arkansas and southern Missouri. The other is the sum of $105,000 for studies of methods of eliminating undesirable fish from streams and lakes in the southeastern United States. 379 Three reservoirs proposed for the first study are Beaver, Bull Shoals, and Norfork. A contract is being negotiated with the University of Arkansas for certain pre-impoundment studies on Beaver Reservoir. Headquarters of the project are expected to be at Fayetteville because of the obvious advantages of the University library facilities and faculty consultation. A mobile laboratory will serve as field work headquarters. The second program on fish control problems may be headquartered at the Warm Springs, Georgia, National Fish Hatchery. Studies will be coordinated with similar work already beginning on cold and cool water springs at the LaCrosse, Wisconsin, fish control laboratory. Both centers will work on the possibilities of employing electricity, chemicals, sound, and mechanical methods to control unwanted fish species.

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