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Contact: Mike Wolterbeek
mwolterbeek@unr.edu
University of Nevada, Reno

Nearshore Zone Critical for Crayfish Harvest at Lake Tahoe

Caption: The nearshore zone at the 1,645-foot-deep Lake Tahoe is the critical area for fish habitat and a place where invasive species, including crawdads and warm-water fish such as the invasive bass, can thrive, according to limnologist Sudeep Chandra, of the Universtiy of Nevada, Reno, who has studied the pristine high-elevation lake for 20 years. The crayfish is thriving in the nearshore zone, and it's in this area, in depths from five to 250 feet, that a commercial harvest will have a net positive impact on the pristine lake that borders Nevada and California.

Credit: Photo by Mike Wolterbeek, University of Nevada, Reno

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