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David Sparks Ph.d Burbot Conservation
by David Sparks Ph.d, click here for bio

Program: Sportsman's Spotlight
Date: March 26, 2019

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: Burbot conservation. I love conservation stories. So when I got an email from Roger Phillips, Public information supervisor for the Idaho Fish and Game saying that burbot have made an amazing comeback in northern Idaho It piqued my interest. Tell me about burbot. I found that we're trying to save burbot. We were and we did and that's the beauty of it. Because we don't save these things to put them under glass and say See we saved them. The whole intent of the burbot restoration was to get that sport fishery back which decades ago was very valuable and people really enjoyed. And this was a joint project by numerous entities including the Couer d”Alene tribe and Montana and Canada. You know there was a hatchery up in north Idaho that raises burbot over the years we've got those things to rebound and we've got a self-sustaining population so we reopen that fishery.

: Just kind of cruising around the Internet they're in decline in a lot of places including Montana. Yeah. But it was very specific to a couple of bodies of water up there. This isn't a reflection of nationwide. It's kind of like bull trout. Montana still fishes for bull trout in certain drainages but on a very limited basis. And that's kind of how it is with burbot too and the fact that these were hatchery raised and kick started. That gives us a few more options. Okay are you fishianados out there. It’s spelled burbot and how many of you have actually caught one.

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