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Researchers Use Transmitters to Track, Find Muskies

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West Virginia fish biologists are tracking the movements of muskies in a project that could help boost hatchery production for the species.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports researchers have implanted transmitters into the fishes' bellies to follow their upstream and downstream migration.

Scott Morrison, who spearheads the project for the state Division of Natural Resources, says they are mainly concentrating on muskies in the upper Kanawha River. He says researchers want to find out if there are other places in that part of the river where the fish spawn.

If their research is successful, biologists would be able to know when and where to collect the most fish. Biologists would then strip the fish of their eggs and milt and return the muskies to the river.


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