Catostomidae

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Catostomidae

[‚kad·ə′stäm·ə‚dē]
(vertebrate zoology)
The suckers, a family of cypriniform fishes in the suborder Cyprinoidei.
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Smith's characterization of the diversion decision as a choice between sucker fish and irrigation for farmers also was off the mark.
He said he did not recall speaking with the vice president, but did lobby President Bush during a flight on Air Force One to allow some of the basin's water dedicated for imperiled sucker fish to be diverted to withering croplands and pastures.
In the Klamath Basin of southern Oregon and northern California, hundreds of ranchers and farmers are being forced from the land by heavy-handed federal policies that have cut off their irrigation water, ostensibly for the benefit of sucker fish that have been declared "endangered.
We saw farmers go bankrupt in the Klamath Basin because of people who thought more of a sucker fish than they did of humans.
Thousands of people rallied in support of desperate farmers and ranchers who have been battling for survival since April, when federal authorities cut off their water to benefit "endangered" sucker fish and Coho salmon.
Furthermore, the current biological opinions guiding water allocation require us to maintain certain water levels in lakes upstream of the project to sustain two species of endangered sucker fish that are given Endangered Species Act protection and are culturally important to another Native American tribe.
Early this year the federal Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) announced that all irrigation water in the Klamath Basin Project was being withheld from agricultural use so that it could be diverted to the benefit of two species of "endangered" sucker fish and the "threatened" Coho salmon.
The first was that water levels in the Upper Klamath Lake should be kept at a sufficient level to protect two endangered species of sucker fish.