Let's Remove Hatchery Fish From the Wood River

 

Margaritafera Margaritafera The Eastern Pearlshell Mussel State Endangered Species. This circumpolar species is found only in the cleanest headwaters of the Wood Pawcatuck watershed. This mussel is endangered by increased sedimentation which affects the recruitment of it young.

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At one life stage it must attach itself to the gills of brook trout which host these creatures over time with no ill effects to the fish. Everything is connected. They are filter feeders and indirectly increase the biomass of aquatic insects. Since the inception of Put and Take management , the upper Wood River has been suffering from an increased sediment load caused by elevated levels of angler traffic. To many fish luring to many fishermen to to small a stream. Aggradation, the deposition of to great a sediment load, has diminished the biomass of this river to the point that it is becoming fit only to house the hatchery fish which have in fact been the cause. We can reverse this trend!!!! We, in promoting brook trout conservation, are advocating for the re-wilding of the Wood River and the entire biotic community found there. Hatchery fish were intended to fill the gap when wild fish were unable to survive in the degraded conditions which existed 150 years ago. As conditions improved the wild fish returned. It is past time to remove the hatchery fish from the equation.

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