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Cover Stars: Graylings from Fish Technology Center Grace the Cover of MSU Magazine

(Mountains and Minds photo: Montana State University) - Grayling fish on cover

(Mountains and Minds photo: Montana State University)

Mountains and Minds is Montana State University’s premier print publication for showcasing the institution’s people, events, and accomplishments.  Published only twice a year, Mountains and Minds selected some familiar young fish for the new edition’s coveted cover photo: young grayling from the Bozeman Fish Technology Center (BFTC), raised for the fish passage research conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the Montana State University (MSU) Department of Ecology, the MSU Department of Civil Engineering, and WTI.

In addition to the cover photo, the magazine includes a 10-page feature story (and stunning photo spread!) describing the 15 years of research conducted by these partners to better understand how native fish species move through waterways and how to improve fish passage through their habitats. WTI Research Scientist Matt Blank is interviewed about his early culvert research as well as his efforts with the partners to build the artificial flume at BFTC for fish swimming studies.  Graduate students Ben Triano and Nolan Platt discuss their field work in the Big Hole River studying grayling in their native environment.

WTI Newswire will provide a link to the article when this issue is available online.  Details about the grayling research are available on the WTI website; more information about the collaborative research program is available on the MSU Fish Passage webpage.