Reclamation Selects Six Fish Tracking Ideas in Inaugural Prize Competition

US DOI LogoWASHINGTON – The Bureau of Reclamation has selected six ideas out of 22 submitted for its “New Concepts for Remote Fish Detection” prize competition. Four out of the six submissions fully qualified under the prize competition guidelines and will receive a shared total of $20,000. Reclamation currently supports many projects to track and count fish at its projects and facilities, and many of these fish are listed under the Endangered Species Act. Reclamation is required to monitor the fish to maintain compliance with ESA, so that it can continue to deliver water and generate power. The current technology uses Passive Integrated Transponder tags that are similar to what is used to track cats and dogs. However, the detection range on these tags is quite short and usually limited to less than 3 feet. Federal biologists are interested in tags that are inexpensive like PIT tags, but can be detected from 10 or 100 feet away.