December 19, 2023
The Kings River Fisheries Management Program (KRFMP) would first like to thank everyone who took time out of their busy schedules to volunteer for our Annual Kings River Fish Population Electrofishing Survey! We appreciated all your help! The next KRFMP volunteer opportunity coming up during the months of January through April is helping in our Trout Incubator Building.
During the next few months, the KRFMP plans to incubate and release two rounds of trout eggs. The first round consisting of 150,000 trout eggs are expected to go into the incubator building on January 3, 2024 and from there will require daily care from staff and volunteers. As such, the KRFMP is recruiting volunteers to assist with the daily care of trout eggs and fry. This is a unique volunteer opportunity for high school or college students interested in pursuing a career in fish and wildlife.
The daily responsibilities of volunteers include cleaning the raceways, monitoring the trout eggs and fry, recording water temperatures and flow, and feeding trout fry. We especially need volunteers to check in on the eggs/fish on the weekends. There are no age restrictions to volunteer. Most volunteers typically spend about one to two hours at the incubator building at a time of their choosing and only one to two volunteers are needed per day. All volunteers will go through a brief one-on-one orientation before volunteering where they can learn about the program and ask questions.
Release of the first round of fry will occur on February 22, 2024. We will need up to ten volunteers to assist with fry release and volunteers should be able to carry a 20-pound bucket over uneven terrain.
More information about the Trout Incubator Building or other environmental volunteer opportunities are available at https://krfmp.org/volunteer/. To volunteer for the Trout Incubator Building, please contact Lori Werner at email@example.com or 559-237-5567 ext. 122.
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The Kings River Fisheries Management Program is a cooperative effort the Kings River Conservation District, Kings River Water Association, and CA Department of Fish and Wildlife.