Salmon Triploid Project
Power is involved with the triploiding effort being made
by Calif. Dept. of Fish & Game. Following is a explanation by ODFW
Biologist Chris Kern of what Triploidy is about.
Triploiding Experiment by Russ Wickwire, Dept. of Fish & Game
Also, check out our photo gallery
for pictures of the 2002 Triploid experiment.
refers to manipulation of chromosome numbers during cell division
right after fertilization of the egg. By shocking the eggs with pressure,
temperature (what we use), or chemicals, cell division is manipulated,
resulting in three of each chromosome, instead of two (diploid) which
is normal for most animals and plants. The result in the case of Kokanee
and many other fish is sterility. The same thing is done with plants
to influence their growth rates, etc. The theory here with Kokanee
is that by making the fish sterile, they won't mature sexually and
won't spawn and die, like they normally do. In addition, they should
be able to dedicate more of their intake to growth, as opposed to
developing eggs and milt. This is not real new, it has been done quite
a bit in Kokanee and other salmonids, and it does tend to work, but
it works best if we don't expect any miracles! Some folks in British
Columbia have had some pretty impressive results.
with Kokanee Power's continued efforts in supplying the Department
of Fish and Game with needed manpower and equipment, we are in the
process of developing a memorial scholarship award in honor of our
recently departed president Phil Johnson. Please check back soon for
updates concerning the status and requirements for attaining the award.
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