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postheadericon A Closer Look At The Fish Ecology Restoration Program In Washington

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For the State of Washington, trout is not just any ordinary fish. Trout and other wild fish have always been a big part of Washington's economy and food supply. Every year, there are a lot of tourists who frequent Washington lakes and rivers to engage in their favorite recreational activity-fishing. Locals of Washington State also favor trout and other wild fish over other meats for their nutritional value. However, frequent fishing expeditions have resulted to the disturbance of Washington's wild fish and trout ecology. Riverbank trampling has resulted to soil erosion and reduction of the total area of trout's natural habitat.

Urban development may have also contributed to fish ecology disturbance. Urban wastes have been found on lake and riverbeds. During research studies, it has been found that these wastes have caused water/fish contamination. Fortunately, there are organizations who work to restore and preserve Washington's trout and wild fish ecosystem. One of these organizations is the Wild Fish Conservancy, which was formerly known as the Washington Trout. This organization is well-equipped to do research, restoration and advocacy programs to ensure that trout and other wild fish will continue to thrive in Washington lakes and rivers.

Restoring the ecology of wild fishes and trout is a step-by-step process. A phase cannot be bypassed; otherwise the restoration will not be a complete success. The first and important step in fish ecology restoration is research. The problem should be defined; whether it's a reduced trout population or poisoning or overcrowding. After defining the problem, the next phase usually entails weeks or months of careful water testing and lab research to determine the cause of the problem so a restoration method can be recommended and employed.

In most cases, restoring fish ecology will first deal with reinstating the habitat to its original size or area. Typically, this would mean removing barriers or eroded soil and reinforcing the strength of the riverbank so it does not erode in the future. Also, reforestation can be done to lessen erosion in the long term. On the other hand, restoring fish ecology will not be as labor-intensive when water contamination is the problem. Usually, water contamination problems are handled in laboratories; examining the hazardous chemical and looking for a safe chemical that will reverse its adverse effects.

Fish ecology restoration is not just a one time process. After the initial efforts have been made, continued research and observation are done to ensure that the restoration method employed is successful. If the method is found to have not been successful, other solutions will have to be employed.

The Washington Wild Fish Conservancy also uses advocacy and education to sustain their restoration projects. Typically, they promote their restoration projects among local communities so they are aware of the things they should and should not do to sustain restoration projects. Apart from sustaining projects, advocacy programs of the Washington Wild Fish Conservancy also aims to eliminate fish ecology disturbances so there will be no need of restoring fish ecology in the future.

Samson Paulotti reports on issues affecting homeowners for The Restoration Resource Washington and Restoration Industry Resources

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