Fisheries Professor Collaborates with Kootenai Tribe and Bonneville Power to Recover Burbot

Wednesday, March 30 2011

Ken Cain, associate professor of fishery resources and associate director of the University of Idaho Aquaculture Research Institute, received $168,365 from the Kootenai Tribe and Bonneville Power Administration to continue work on a collaborative multi-agency program. This research is aimed at recovery and rehabilitation of Burbot, a freshwater fish species, in Idaho and British Columbia.

Additionally, Cain received $33,848 from the Idaho State Board of Education in mid-February to support a fisheries project entitled, “Commercializing Specific Probiotic Bacterial Strains as Direct Fed Microbials to Improve Fish Health and Reduce Disease Related to Mortality at Aquaculture Facilities.”

“Probiotic research is extremely important to the Idaho trout industry as well as to hatcheries raising trout and salmon to be stocked for sportfishing,” said Cain. “Recent lab and field trials have identified two probiotics that greatly reduce the effects of Cold Water Disease, and the University is determining the best way to commercialize these products and get them to the market.