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Plane dumps thousands of fish into Utah lake

As the lakes are located in remote areas of the United States, releasing the fish by air is a more effective method of stocking the lakes, as there are difficulties maintaining sufficient oxygen levels when transporting them by vehicle over long distances.

Up to 35,000 young fish, called “fingerlings”, can be released in a single aerial drop. Their smaller size, combined with a slowed fall from high altitude, results in a high survival rate, according to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

Aerial fish stocking has been utilised in Utah since the 1950s, and has been used to fill over 200 remote lakes in the state.

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