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Environment Minister Barry Penner encourages anglers to report any tags they reel in on rainbow trout caught in the Okanagan/Shuswap area. It may be a profitable catch.

A fish tagging project led by the Ministry of Environment is currently
underway on Mabel Lake, near Enderby, to obtain data on rainbow trout biology and angler harvest.

If you catch a tagged rainbow trout, whether you're releasing or harvesting
it, clip off the tag and report the date and location of capture, the tag
number and whether you kept the trout. Green tags with white print earn a
reward of $100. Yellow and orange tags have no monetary value, however all
tags provide the ministry with valuable information.

Some fish will also contain a surgically implanted acoustic transmitter which will be easily visible if the fish is harvested and cleaned.

Please provide tag reports to the ministry by phone, or return the tag (and
transmitter if harvested) in person or by mail to:

Paul Askey
Ministry of Environment
102 Industrial Place,
Penticton, BC
V2A 7C8
Phone: 250 490-8200

This is the second year for the project. It has already shown that fish move
enormous distances within the upper Shuswap drainage. One rainbow trout that
was tagged in Mabel Lake in early April 2009 was recaptured by an angler in
the Anstey Arm of Shuswap Lake in early May of the same year.

That's a journey of approximately 160 kilometres.

The overall research project is funded by the Habitat Conservation Trust
Foundation and is directed by the Ministry of Environment.

Reward funding is provided by the Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C. and will be allocated on an annual basis, meaning rewards cannot be guaranteed past 2010.
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