Kokanee Power of Oregon has partnered with ODFW to conduct plankton samplings at both Green Peter and Detroit throughout the summer. It has long been questions as to why GP produces so many kokanee and Detroit does not. Maybe these samplings can help answer that and other questions. Here is a release from ODFW.
Zooplankton Sampling in Green Peter and Detroit Reservoirs
Sampling zooplankton in Detroit and Green Peter Reservoirs will allow ODFW to assess the food available to kokanee and other fish species in each of these reservoirs. Monthly sampling will help ODFW determine when food is most abundant, whether there is sufficient food for the fish in each of these reservoirs, the best times to plant juvenile fish in the reservoir, and the differences in productivity (available food) between Green Peter and Detroit Reservoirs. This information may help us all understand the difference in kokanee population levels between the two reservoirs.
KPO supplied $2000.00 of ODFW to purchase all the nets and supplies to conduct the samplings at both lakes. In addition, KPO members and volunteers will be taking the samples monthly and forwarding the samples on to ODFW for analysis.
The first part was the training that took place at Detroit this past Sunday. The dedication of the staff and volunteers was evident as there was a steady rain interrupted by extremely heavy downpours. There was a brief instruction period on shore and then 4 boats rafted up on the lake and the training continues. By the end of the training there were samples taken from three different zones on the lake.
Those participating were
Dr. Elise Kelly, District Fish Biologist
Alex Farrand, Fish Biologist
Congratulations to Rich Bryan! Rich was one of our members that either renewed or joined in February and was selected as the winner of a free entry into one of the up coming 2014 Kokanee Power of Oregon Derbies.
Our membership drive continues for March-April 15th. One member’s renewal or new membership will be drawn and another free entry into a derby of their choice will be awarded.