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Evaluating fish growth and production potential across Ute Reservation reservoirs.


June 2010 - June 2011


There is a need to evaluate the relative growth and production potential of a series of reservoirs located on Ute tribal lands in eastern Utah. Little is known about the basic limnology, physical conditions, and biotic communities of these reservoirs, and it remains unknown what factors limit fish growth and potential across reservoirs, or how the reservoirs could be best managed to meet biological potential and tribal objectives.

Project Objective(s):

The primary objectives of this study are to: 1) develop a baseline understanding of the limnological and biological status of each of reservoir, 2) evaluate what factors limit fish growth and production potential, 3) predict future fish growth and production potential under various management scenarios using a variety of fisheries tools, and information from objectives 1 and 2, and ultimately 4) aide in developing a long-term monitoring plan for the reservoirs and their fish communities.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 239

Phd Students: 142

Post Docs: 53

University Staff: 240

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 701

Scientific Publications: 1936

Presentations: 4260



Funding Agencies

  • The Ute Indian Tribe, Uintah and Ouray Reservation.


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey