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Monday, November 2 • 2:00pm - 2:20pm
Freshwater Fish and Mollusk Population Restoration in Western North Carolina

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Stephen J. Fraley and William T. Russ, North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission

Water quality and habitat improvements can improve aquatic species diversity; however, barriers may exist where species are extirpated or small relict populations may hinder recovery. Opportunities to restore populations were identified in western North Carolina, and strategies developed and implemented for target reaches and species. Captive propagation at the Conservation Aquaculture Center, Marion State Fish Hatchery and partner facilities is part of the restoration strategy for seven species, including the federal-listed Appalachian Elktoe (Alasmidonta raveneliana) and Spotfin Chub (Erimonax monachus). Translocation from source populations is also used to help restore many species. For over a decade, the partnership known as the Pigeon River Recovery Project has worked to restore fish and mollusk species in both Tennessee and North Carolina. Efforts in the Cheoah River (Little Tennessee R. system), a regulated river recently improved by flow and substrate restoration, include both augmentation of an existing relict population of Appalachian Elktoe and reintroduction of Spotfin Chub and other species. Cooperative efforts to reintroduce Sicklefin Redhorse (Moxostoma sp. nov.) to the Oconaluftee River and augment the Tuckasegee River population (Little Tennessee River system) have had mixed results. Translocations to reintroduce Slippershell (A. viridis) in Little River (French Broad system), and propagation supporting a pilot study of potential restoration sites in three streams in the Little Tennessee system, are in progress. Projects on the horizon include addition of North Carolina waters to the cooperative Lake Sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) restoration project in the Tennessee River system and pilot studies for reintroduction potential at multiple localities.

Monday November 2, 2015 2:00pm - 2:20pm EST
Ballroom Salon A

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