The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is planning to collect “genetically pure” Kern River rainbow trout from the Sequoia National Park backcountry. This is in an effort to restore the naturally indigenous fish to their original watersheds.
Public comment is currently being accepted by the National Park Service for this project through Wednesday, June 3. Anyone who has concerns or potential issues related to the trout collection is invited to submit a written comment.
The fish would be removed via angling and held in water receptacles for transport. A total of 100 fish – 50 per years for two years – at least four inches in length are planned to be collected from Sequoia and transported to the Kern River Fish Hatchery in Kernville for propagation.
For details about this project or to provide a comment electronically, go to http://parkplanning.nps/gov/seki. For specific questions or concerns, call Nancy Hendricks, (559) 565-3102, or Chanteil Walter, (559) 565-4266.