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Washington DFW to Use Drones for Fishway Surveys

RIDGEFIELD – Starting Oct. 27, scientists with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will use a drone to collect data on fishway structures in Clark, Cowlitz, Klickitat, and Skamania counties. Drone flights will take place exclusively on public land for up to three days between October and December.

These drone flights will help WDFW biologists assess fishway structures in remote areas and help determine if the structures need any repairs.

“This aerial survey will gather important data about structures that may need repaired for better fish passage,” said Danny Didricksen, WDFW fish screening section manager. “This data will help us improve fish habitat across a variety of WDFW-managed lands.”

Drone flights will take place occasionally on weekdays between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. in compliance with all federal and state regulations.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife works to preserve, protect and perpetuate fish, wildlife and ecosystems while providing sustainable fish and wildlife recreational and commercial opportunities.


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