Brook Trout Conservation

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Brook trout are colorful, fresh water fish located from Tennessee and North Carolina up to Maine. They survive in very cold, clean water. The population of the brook trout has decreased significantly over the decades due to a growing human population, road projects, construction and greater water needs. Increased sedimentation is also a factor affecting the survival rate of brook trout. Studies show the higher the number of trout in an area the better the chances of having a healthy ecosystem. In some areas, the trout have completely disappeared due to modern progress.

Developments in Brook Trout Conservation

In 2005, a group of private conservationists formed the group Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture in an effort to conserve the fish. They worked on ways to stop the decline in brook trout population and increase the number of existing fish in the waterways. The Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture joined forces with other agencies and organizations to build private and public habitats for brook trout. Their goals are to educate the public on brook trout conservation, provide better habitats and determine the best use for federal, state and local funding. Seventeen states in the Eastern United States have enacted new policies concerning trout conservation.

Brook Trout Conservation Goals 

The Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture set several goals for the organization to reach by the year 2012. Some of the goals include maintaining healthy watersheds, to establish 44 new watersheds, to change 45 poorly maintained watersheds to a healthy status and maintain 70 percent of existing watersheds in a healthy condition. The group along with its partner agencies worked tirelessly to make the goals a reality.

Conservation Progress

Over the past few years, congress has passed legislation to preserve natural habitats of brook trout. They have left much of the already protected land untouchable to industry and construction. Many northeastern states are aggressively searching for brook trout habitats throughout their waters. They are recording the number of new brook trout located and searching for new habitats to add brook trout. According to recent data, there is a positive change in the number of brook trout in the majority of researched areas.

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