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FortisBC advises fishermen to watch out for tagged Rainbow Trout

Starting this spring, FortisBC said the company is studying the migration patterns and habitat use of Rainbow Trout in the lower Kootenay River. — FortisBC photo

To better protect aquatic species around hydroelectric dams, FortisBC said the company is undertaking research projects on their behavior and habitat.

Starting this spring, FortisBC said the company is studying the migration patterns and habitat use of Rainbow Trout in the lower Kootenay River.

“The three-year study starts in March as members of the FortisBC environment team will be implanting sonic transmitters into 30 Rainbow Trout – a process also known as tagging,” FortisBC said in a media release.

“An external coloured and numbered tag will be visible and easily identifiable to those fishing in the area. FortisBC is asking anglers who catch one of these fish to please release it back into the water unharmed.” 

FortisBC said the part of the Lower Kootenay River used for the study is between the Corra Linn and South Slocan Dams. 

The Corra Linn Dam is located on the Kootenay River, approximately 15 kilometers downstream of Nelson on Provincial Highway 3A while the South Slocan Dam is located near South Slocan, 20 km south west of Nelson on Provincial Highway 3A.

FortisBC said receivers will be placed around the four hydroelectric dams FortisBC owns and operates, which will track the movements of the tagged fish.

"By performing studies like this one, the company can gather important information about this species and take the necessary steps to protect the species and their habitats," FortisBC said.