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Fishing in the Kootenay River? Watch out for Rainbow Trout with a tag

Mar 11, 2021

Anglers asked to release tagged trout that are a part of a FortisBC study

Surrey, B.C. – To better protect aquatic species around hydroelectric dams, FortisBC undertakes research projects on their behavior and habitat. Starting this spring, FortisBC is studying the migration patterns and habitat use of Rainbow Trout in the lower Kootenay River.

The three year study starts in March as members of the FortisBC environment team will be implanting sonic transmitters into 30 Rainbow Trout – a process also known as tagging. An external coloured and numbered tag will be visible and easily identifiable to those fishing in the area. FortisBC is asking anglers who catch one of these fish to please release it back into the water unharmed.

Receivers will be placed around the four hydroelectric dams FortisBC owns and operates, which will track the movements of the tagged fish. By performing studies like this one, the company can gather important information about this species and take the necessary steps to protect the species and their habitats.


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FortisBC Inc. is a regulated utility focused on providing safe and reliable electricity at the lowest reasonable cost. FortisBC Inc. employs over 500 British Columbians and serves approximately 182,012 direct and indirect customers in B.C.’s South Interior. FortisBC Inc. owns and operates four regulated hydroelectric generating plants, as well as approximately 7,260 kilometres of transmission and distribution power lines. FortisBC Energy Inc. is a subsidiary of Fortis Inc., a leader in the North American regulated electric and gas utility industry. FortisBC uses the FortisBC name and logo under license from Fortis Inc. For further information visit