The scientists captured smalleye shiners and sharpnose shiners from the Brazos River after earlier collecting dozens of Arkansas River shiners and peppered chubs from the Canadian River in the Texas Panhandle.
“We value these species and they are an important part of the Texas natural heritage, so we're trying to prevent losing them in this drought,” said Texas Tech fish ecology professor Gene Wilde.
Those minnow species are losing the 100 miles of river needed to reproduce, and their disappearance would be a severe blow to the rest of the waterways’ ecosystems.
Such fish rescues are said to be rare, but could become more common if the drought persists.
Photo: Texas State University-San Marcos