MEDIA ADVISORY: Yellowstone's Native Fish 'Turning the Corner'

Date: 
Fri, 05/02/2014

MEDIA ADVISORY

May 2, 2014

Contact:

Chris Hunt, 208-406-9106

chunt@tu.org

Randy Scholfield, 720-375-3961

rscholfield@tu.org

 

Yellowstone National Park ‘Turning the Corner’ on Native Cutthroat Trout Recovery: A Media Teleconference Event

Yellowstone—Representatives of the National Park Service, Trout Unlimited, local fishing guides and the recreation industry will be available for a teleconference event to discuss latest data and scientific findings regarding the native Yellowstone cutthroat trout recovery project in Yellowstone Lake—one of the largest and most ambitious native trout restoration efforts ever undertaken.

Recent data indicate that culling efforts to suppress invasive lake trout and restore the native Yellowstone cutthroat trout fishery are working.

“The data suggests that we have turned a corner in saving this iconic and globally significant population of native trout,” said Jack Williams, senior scientist for Trout Unlimited. “While we have a lot of work left to do, these are very encouraging results.”

WHO (speakers)

Dave Hallac, chief, Yellowstone Center for Resources, Yellowstone National Park

Jack Williams, senior scientist, Trout Unlimited

Dave Sweet, volunteer campaign coordinator, Trout Unlimited

Boots Allen, Yellowstone National Park fly fishing guide

K.C. Walsh, president, Simms Fishing Products

 

WHAT

Telephone news conference to review recent data and progress made in restoring Yellowstone cutthroat trout. Among the topics discussed:

  • How non-native lake trout ended up in Yellowstone Lake, and the impact these predatory fish have had on Yellowstone cutthroat trout since being discovered in 1994;
  • An overview of the campaign to suppress lake trout, and what recent scientific data tells us about progress made in native trout recovery efforts;
  • Importance of the historic cutthroat fishery to Yellowstone National Park’s  ecology, cultural heritage and recreation economy;

WHEN:

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

1 p.m. to 2 p.m. MST (3 p.m EST)

MEDIA:

All credentialed news organizations and journalists are invited to participate. Please call in at 12:55 p.m. MST (2:55 p.m. EST) for opening remarks beginning at 1 p.m. The question and answer session will begin at approximately 1:25 p.m.

CALL-IN NUMBER:

Dial: 866-740-1260 (US and Canada Toll-Free number)
Enter access code: 4069106 followed by the ‘#’ key
You will be asked to state your name and affiliation, and then put on music hold until the chairperson starts the conference.

MEDIA, PLEASE RSVP at rscholfield@tu.org

 

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Trout Unlimited is the nation’s largest coldwater conservation organization, with 158,000 members dedicated to conserving, protecting, and restoring North America’s trout and salmon fisheries and their watersheds. Follow TU on Facebook and Twitter, and visit us online at tu.org

 
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