Last week, wildlife
officials in Utah
restocked lakes across the state by offering free skydiving to some of the fish
A viral video released
this month by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources shows one of the agency's planes flying
over a lake near Utah's Boulder Mountain on July 6. Suddenly, the plane's hatch opens, releasing thousands of young brook trout and tiger
trout (called fingerlings, according to The New York Times
) in a torrent of water
FISH DROP: Thousands of fish were dropped from a plane into lakes near Bicknell, Utah, on July 6. The goal is to restock the lakes, which can only be reached by plane. According to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, "survival of aerial-stocked fish is incredibly high." pic.twitter.com/7Q3RFPHLsE — KCTV5 News
(@KCTV5) July 13, 2021
Aerial fish stocking has been used in the Beehive State since the mid-1950s, according to the agency's post, and it is also used to repopulate species, as fish do not reproduce naturally in many of Utah's lakes.
This post was shared by Utah DWR (@utahdwr) on Instagram
According to the Facebook
post, the agency used this extreme and "effective" fish drop method to stock around 200 high-elevation lakes across the state because many of the lakes in the state are not accessible by vehicle.
The post also stated that very few fish were most likely harmed during the filming of its video, and that “post-stocking netting surveys show that survival of aerial-stocked fish is incredibly high.” To be more specific, the agency told the Times that the fingerlings have a 95% survival rate.
“Because the fish are only about 1-3 inches long, they flutter down slowly to the water,” the agency explained on Facebook.