“The beauty is such that it feels as if we are breathing a thing other than air: something different, something cleaner and better – a thing rich with joy – and I wonder if this is how breathing felt for our ancestors.”
The Brook Trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) is the only native trout, char, or salmon species presently found reproducing naturally in Rhode Island waters. This fish, indigenous to local fresh water streams and coastal estuaries, has been celebrated for centuries in painting, song, and a rich body of literature. These spectacularly beautiful creatures have assumed a cultural significance that transcends their appeal to sport fishermen. With a heritage extending back to the Pleistocene epoch, this char has managed to cope with extraordinary environmental change. Yet today, in Rhode Island, this species has been reduced to small remnant populations so seriously threatened by contemporary human impacts that it has been designated as a species in “Greatest Conservation Need” (GCN).
The establishment of PROTECT RI BROOK TROUT (PRIBT) was motivated by a powerful interest in preserving, protecting, and restoring wild brook trout populations in Rhode Island. As concerned citizens, our goal is to advocate for ecologically-based management and enhanced conservation efforts for this state’s only remaining wild and native salmonid (Read our Proposal for a Wild Brook Trout Management Area in RI). Please join us in this pursuit before it is too late. There is nothing to join or pay for. We ask only that individuals and like-minded organizations inform themselves. You can do that by going to the various links within this site and by visiting us on Facebook.