Restoring the brook trout of southern Appalachia.
The Tennessee Aquarium and Appalachian Chapter of Trout Unlimited have been hard at work restoring genetically distinct southern brook trout to streams of eastern Tennessee- their latest efforts added nearly 300 fish to Little Stony Creek in the Cherokee National Forest. Read more about the restoration effort here.
The Plight of Atlantic Salmon.
For the second year in a row, the number of adult Atlantic salmon returning home to spawn has fell below expectations. There are bright spots- streams in Quebec and Labrador seem to be doing alright, but the overall outlook is gloomy for recovery of these species. Want to learn more?
Quick clip on Yellowstone cutthroat restoration.
Check out the work Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is doing in league with state, federal, and private landowners to protect Yellowstone cutthroat trout in the inter-mountain west.
Biologists and conservationists constantly struggle with relating their data to a general audience. The folks at Long Live the Kings, have gamified real-time fish tracking data on the steelhead running through Puget Sound, whose populations have declined dramatically over the past several decades. Users “bet” on which fish will reach its spawning stream first, with proceeds going to benefit the nonprofit, which has spent the past three decades restoring native trout and salmon to the Pacific coast. Sign up individually or create a team by May 6th to get in on the action.
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More Montana Access Woes.
Maintaining public access for hunting and angling is tough enough in the west- tougher still when you consider different entities may own surface, water, and mineral rights. That’s the issue concerning Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks lately, in addition to legislative interference and the palatability of developing conservation easements versus outright purchase of ranch properties.
Nothing beats a good title.
“Fishery Fest Isn’t Wholly Mackerel: Smelts, Salmon in Focus.” Absolutely brilliant.
The Endangered Species Act should be looked at as triage- the last stop before extinction. Conservation planning is preventative medicine- identifying species of conservation need and understanding the habitat requirements necessary for survival before they reach a point where large-scale governmental effort and regulation is necessary. Proactive measures can turn the tide in favor of vulnerable species, making sure expensive but noteworthy conservation efforts aren’t necessary in the first place.