Wed
Apr 2 2008
06:43 am
By: WhitesCreek

Roane County shares a good bit of Tennessee's rich stream ecology. I wonder if the folks who drive by Watts Bar Lake realize that there are Sturgeon and Paddlefish in there? ...Not as many as there should be, but still.

And I am sure that folks who drive by the Emory River and the Clinch have very little idea what lives in there. Bass and Catfish, maybe?

Well here's your chance to find out about spotfin chub, madtoms, darters, and other really cool fish that only live in Tennessee's streams. TCWP is sponsoring a program by author, John Tullock, Thursday night at the Oak Ridge Civic Center

The rare and beautiful native fishes of the southern Appalachians,
the threats they face, and work that is being done to conserve them
will be the subject of a presentation sponsored by Tennessee Citizens
for Wilderness Planning. Scheduled for Thursday, April 3, at 7 p.m.
in the Craft Room at the Oak Ridge Civic Center, the meeting is open
to the public and there is no charge to attend the meeting.

A presentation by John Tullock, outreach director for Conservation
Fisheries in Knoxville, will feature still images and video of fish
from streams and rivers throughout our region and an explanation of
the work of this Knoxville-based, nonprofit organization dedicated to
the preservation of aquatic biodiversity.

Conservation Fisheries propagates the region's rarest fishes, with
the goal of restoring fish populations that have been eliminated
because of pollution or habitat destruction. The organization also
monitors the status of populations of rare fishes throughout the
Southeast, using non-invasive monitoring techniques. Conservation
Fisheries received the National Fisheries and Habitat Conservation
Award from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2007 and Tennessee
Clean Water Network's River Champions Award in 2006.

John Tullock has served on Conservation Fisheries' board of directors
since CFI was incorporated in 1993, and has been an advocate for
aquatic conservation since college. He holds a master's degree in
zoology from the University of Tennessee. Tullock has written 13
books on aquarium keeping, including Natural Reef Aquariums, which is
in its fifth printing.

TCWP, a member of Community Shares, is an Oak Ridge based
environmental advocacy group that has worked for clean air and pure
drinking water for more than 40 years. For more information about
the April 3 presentation or TCWP, contact TCWP Executive Director
Sandra K. Goss at (865) 522-3809, or email Sandra@sandrakgoss.com.

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