Utah Division of Wildlife Resources has a very practical reason for why they drop hundreds of thousands of fish out of airplanes into their mountain lakes every summer to restock them for fishing and hiking season. They drop 35,000 fish on a single flight if you’re wondering why it’s because there is a vast amount of fishing being done every year by people who hike and camp throughout the Utah wildlife. And if they weren’t to restock the lakes with fish, the southern and central lakes would be fishless.
For those of you who may be wondering if this harms the fish, it doesn’t appear so. As the video will show you, the air slows their fall which allows them to flutter down and survive the impact.