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The Remote Pond Survey Project is a collaborative effort by the Maine Council of Trout Unlimited (METU), Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) and Maine Audubon (MA). The goal is to recruit volunteers to identify previously-undocumented wild brook trout populations in remote Maine ponds. There are hundreds of ponds in Maine that have never been surveyed by fishery biologists and have no records of any past stocking. Maine brook trout are a special resource, and we need to know where they are before we can protect and manage them appropriately. The information collected by volunteer anglers, verified by biologists, will help inform future fisheries management decisions. Learn more about the Remote Pond Survey.
The Coastal Stream Survey Project was added in 2014, and seeks to recruit volunteers to gather data on wild brook trout in Maine’s coastal rivers and streams. Brook trout that live in coastal streams may spend part of their lives in saltwater and come back to freshwater to spawn, a life history strategy called “anadromy.” Currently, the distribution and life history of coastal brook trout in Maine is poorly understood. Anadromous populations of brook trout appear to be declining throughout their range. There has never been an intensive survey of Maine’s anadromous brook trout populations, so their current status in Maine is uncertain. Data collected by volunteers will be provided to biologists to inform future fisheries management decisions. Learn more about the Coastal Stream Survey.
Thanks to the overwhelming response from anglers and the conservation community, we are pleased to announce the launch of the fifth consecutive year of the Brook Trout Survey Project. 2015 will include surveys on both remote ponds and coastal streams. There are lots of exciting places to explore this year, and we are seeking new and returning volunteers to assist with this effort.
The success of this project is entirely dependent on the data collected by volunteer anglers, so please consider helping with the Brook Trout Survey Project. This is your chance to make a significant contribution to the conservation of native brook trout in Maine. If you love to fish for brook trout and are looking for an adventure, we need you!
For more information or to sign up to volunteer, please contact Emily Bastian at Maine Audubon at 207-781-2330 x207, or firstname.lastname@example.org.