Report Urges Caution In Fish Trap-and-Haul Programs

Oct 17, 2017

When migratory fish populations keep dropping and dams get in the way of their spawning journeys, fish managers often resort to "trap and haul."  It is what it sounds like: trap the fish below the dam, take them by truck or barge or helicopter to the water above the dam. 

Now two-way trap-and-haul is recommended for sensitive salmon species in dam-happy California. 

And a report from UC-Davis recommends caution in that process. 

Robert Lusardi is the lead author of the report. 

He visits with Greg Taylor, a fish biologist involved with a trap-and-haul program at Cougar Dam in Lane County.