Oh fish! Utah Division of Wildlife Resources uses a bizarre technique to restock its lakes
The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources tweeted a video of an aircraft dropping fish including trouts into a lake in the US state.
Ever seen a plane drop fish into a lake? The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources has tweeted a video of an aircraft dropping trout into a lake in the US state. The purpose, they explained, is to keep Utah's high-mountain lakes stocked with fish.
Shared on 22 August, the video explained that since the fish are tiny, more than 95 percent of them could survive the drop.
Fun fact: We stock many of Utah's high-mountain lakes from the air. The fish are tiny — anywhere from 1–3 inches long — which allows more than 95% of them to survive the fall. #Utah#TroutTuesdaypic.twitter.com/kotDe91Zzw
— Utah DWR (@UtahDWR) August 21, 2018
Popular for hiking, camping and trekking, Utah receives scores of tourists, who also enjoy trout fishing. For this, the lakes need to be restocked, and what better way to do so than the wildlife body's unique method.
One reason to opt for dropping the fish from a plane is that several hills in the region are cut off from natural motorways. Alternate ways to transport the fish would harm them as long travel leads to a higher mortality rate and they die from stress in transit.
The video gained popularity on social media and was widely shared. Many were amused by the clip, while a few raised concerns about this 'extreme restocking'.
— Scott Spencer (@bullriders1) August 31, 2018
The fish, who were interviewed, found the slow ground journey to Utah stressful.
So they started dropping them from airplanes instead. https://t.co/3bizlrkuCn
— Tariq Rauf (@tariqrauf) August 29, 2018
Y’all. Utah stocks lakes by dropping fish from a plane. FROM A PLANE. https://t.co/KGP6VIQ8Pt
— GregLee (@GregLee) August 30, 2018
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