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Report Says Maine's Brook Trout Population Holding Strong


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Report Says Maine's Brook Trout Population Holding Strong

Report Says Maine's Brook Trout Population Holding Strong

Maine is being singled out in a new report as being the "last true stronghold" for brook trout in the eastern United States.

A report released last week by the group Trout Unlimited says Maine's lakes and streams have more healthy populations of brook trout than the other 16 eastern states from Maine to Georgia combined. But the report, called "Eastern Brook Trout: Status and Threats," also cautions that Maine's brook trout are under pressure from the introduction of non-native fish species and growing development pressures.

To compile the report, Trout Unlimited teamed up with state and federal agencies, other conservation groups and researchers at two Virginia universities to evaluate brook trout populations.

Overall, the report says brook trout populations remain strong in only five percent of their historical habitat in the eastern United States, while being eliminated from 19 percent of their historic habitat.

Post Sun 07 May, 2006 5:32 pm 
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Maine should be a stronghold. We have to practice catch and release because they aren't healty to eat. Laughing
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The introduction of non-native brookies and other invasive species should be halted altogether. Monitor and farm the brookies! They deserve it.
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I have to say that I think the biggest pressure on Brookies has to be development. There are many, many brooks you can practiclly step across that support healthy populations of brook trout. While you might not catch a trout over six inches these little brooks can be full of trout. These are the ones that are in mkost danger. A lot of people will say" ahh theres nothing living down in that little brook", but they are not the ones that truely know. The Brook trout is one of, if not the prettiest of all trout species.


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A report released last week by the group Trout Unlimited says Maine's lakes and streams have more healthy populations of brook trout than the other 16 eastern states from Maine to Georgia combined

This statement, however, doesn't make sense. It should have read "more healthy populations of brook trout than the other 16 eastern states from New Hampshire to Georgia combined. We can't have more than ourselves

Anyhow its nice to know we have the brookies, they are a great fish to fish for and catch.

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