22 Oct 2013

Brook Trout and Fracking

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Brook Trout and Fracking

The expansion of hydraulic fracturing — fracking, as most people refer to it — is a process where extreme water pressure is used to drill into rocks in order to release natural gas. The paper Hydraulic Fracturing and Brook Trout Habitat in the Marcellus Shale Region: Potential Impacts and Research Needs (published in the January issue of Fisheries) highlights the need for fisheries scientists to work in conjunction with resource managers to influence the development of strategies that will preserve the Brook Trout habitat and address possible gas development threats to these fish — North America’s only native stream salmonid.

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