TODAY Last Day, June 3, to comment on Kern River Rainbow Collection

June 3 , 2015

Last day to comment on making history for the Kern River Rainbow!

Funston Meadow Kern River Rainbow

Funston Meadow Kern River Rainbow

The SSFFC public comment letter,

The Southern Sierra Fly Fishers Club (SSFFC) is headquartered in Kernville, California, the gateway to the Southern Sierra and Golden Trout Wilderness. We support the collection of the native Kern River Rainbow (KRR) from SQNP as part of a native trout conservation strategy which will include reintroduction of pure strain KRR into their native waters within the vast Kern River Basin. This collection for is a major step towards the reintroduction of the KRR strain into waters where their genetic makeup has been compromised from past stocking practices. Multiple genetic studies by UC Davis have been completed and their recommendations for collection from multiple sites to prevent genetic bottlenecks is an appropriate model for the CDFW to follow. This project should also help to protect the KRR from a possible listing as a threatened species if its population were to continue to decline as many native trout species in California already have. The successful reintroduction of the Little Kern Golden Trout by the CDFW proved that it is also possible for the Kern River Rainbow. Thank you for your time and allowing us to comment.

The local fly clubs have been working on this project for almost 30 years and it's close to fruition.

Link to comment online

http://www.nps.gov/seki/learn/news/proposed_kern_river_rainbow_trout_project_for_sequoia.htm

More info on the history

http://ssffclub.org/conservation/kern-river-rainbow-project/

We appreciate your comment either for or against!

Shane Goslin

Southern Sierra Fly Fishers