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Agencies unite to save fish species

Research aid Rachel Richardson, removes Barrows Topminnows from aquariums Wednesday at the Tennessee Aquarium. The minnows will be placed in areas of Middle Tennessee. Photo by Angela Lewis. Research aid Rachel Richardson, removes Barrows Topminnows from aquariums Wednesday at the Tennessee Aquarium. The minnows will be placed in areas of Middle Tennessee. Photo by Angela Lewis.

MANCHESTER, Tenn. (AP) - Officials at the Tennessee Aquarium have partnered with officials at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in an effort to save a fish species.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that efforts are ongoing to aid the Barrens top minnow in its fight for survival. The newspaper reports the colorful 4-inch fish is found in the wild only in Middle Tennessee.

Matt Hamilton, with the Tennessee Aquarium, says the problem began in the 1800s when mosquito fish were brought in to control the mosquito population. After a while, they began to also eat the larvae of the top minnow.

Hamilton says the Tennessee Aquarium is working with the federal agency to increase the minnow population, in part through reproducing them in captivity and releasing them back into the wild.

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