In Wyoming, Students Track Invasive Burbot In Green River

By on March 1, 2016
Green River High School students are tracking the movement of invasive burbot in the Green River. (Credit: Allison Baas)

In Wyoming’s Green River, there is a problem with burbot. The fish, which is the only one from the cod family to live in freshwater, is considered an invasive species in southwest Wyoming.

To help alleviate some of the issues that the invasive fish is causing, students at Green River High School are working to track the movements of burbot in the river. They’re using tracking technology built on arduino processors, according to a release from University of Wyoming.

A professor at the university has helped the teacher leading the class develop the tracking devices that can pick up transmissions from tagged burbots swimming in the river. So far, there are three systems deployed that record frequencies that fish swimming by transmit. Data on water temperatures are also gathered at these locations.

Top image: Green River High School students are tracking the movement of invasive burbot in the Green River. (Credit: Allison Baas)

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