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Aquatic Research Projects
Aquatic Research Projects
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Whirling Disease 

Whirling disease is believed to be a major factor in the declines of wild rainbow trout populations across Colorado waters. Many North American native salmonid species have little to no resistance to this parasitic infection. Thus, CPW is focusing research efforts on breeding whirling disease resistant rainbow trout strains, optimizing these strains f​or production in state hatcheries ​​and for survival in the wild, and developing and managing wild brood stocks of whirling disease resistant strains. Learn more about whirling disease​

Whirling Disease Research Projects:

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​​Lake and Reservoir Ecology

Lake and Reservoir researcher scientists are devoted to understanding and improving fisheries throughout the state. Their research focuses on food web structures, lake and reservoir characteristics, understanding and managing prey bases, growth and condition of sport fish and how sport fish interact with each other. Research scientists use a combination of new and long-standing techniques to address issues facing sport fisheries in Colorado.

Lake and Reservoir Ecology Research Projects:

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Stream and River Ecology

Colorado's streams and rivers provide anglers excellent sport fishing opportunities. In order to protect these fisheries, CPW is dedicated to researching ways in which to improve habitat, food supply and survival of the fish that call Colorado's rivers and streams home.

Stream and River Ecology Projects:

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 Stream Habitat Investigations

As human development expands and climate changes alter t​he landscape, maintaining high quality fish habitat remains vital. Stream and Fisheries Habitat researchers restore degraded stream habitat on rivers across the state and evaluate the impact of habitat change on Colorado sport fish.​

Stream Habitat Investigations Research ​Projects:

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Western Slope Native Fish Species

Western slope native fish research focuses on three species: flannelmouth sucker, bluehead sucker and roundtail chub. Each of these species is estimated to occupy only 45-55 percent of its historic native range in the upper Colorado River basin and all three show downward population trends. Thus, research aims to enhance these species' current range and minimize the probability of listing under the Endangered Species Act. ​

Western Slope Native Species Research Projects:

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