Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Zuni Bluehead Sucker Survey Gets Mixed Results
ZUNI Biologists have completed their annual monitoring efforts to preserve the Zuni bluehead sucker, and results are mixed because there wasn't enough water.
The good news is that the native New Mexico fish was found in all three protected areas that were surveyed.
State Game and Fish recovery coordinator Stephanie Carman says for the first time in several years during the six-year monitoring project, a collection of juvenile fish was found in the Agua Remora area.
The bad news is the fish exists only in a 3-mile stretch of the Zuni River headwaters, and habitat was reduced because it wasn't a good water year.
State game officials will spend the coming months analyzing the new information to guide future efforts.
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