Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Utah
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Utah Project

Evaluating fish growth and production potential across Ute Reservation reservoirs.

June 2010 - June 2011


Participating Agencies

  • The Ute Indian Tribe, Uintah and Ouray Reservation.

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.