Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture

A diverse group of partners, including state fish and wildlife agencies, federal resource agencies,academic institutions and private sector conservation organizations are working to conserve Eastern brook trout and their habitats. Established as the Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture (EBTJV), this Fish Habitat Partnership has already produced a range-wide population assessment of brook trout; completed extensive work that identifies key threats to brook trout and their habitats; and developed conservation strategies to protect, enhance and restore brook trout.

Eastern Brook Trout: Status and Threats

Conserving the Eastern Brook Trout: Action Strategies

Eastern Brook Trout: Roadmap to Restoration


Trout Unlimited

Our Mission

To conserve, protect and restore North America’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds.

Our Vision

By the next generation, Trout Unlimited will ensure that robust populations of native and wild coldwater fish once again thrive within their North American range, so that our children can enjoy healthy fisheries in their home waters.

Resolution on Stocking Over Native Trout (2012)
TU’s resolution and guidance document for the National Leadership Council resolution on stocking non-native hatchery trout over native trout populations.

Resolution on Stocking Over Native Trout Question and Answer (2012)
A comprehensive question and answer document created to help grassroots members understand and support the resolution.

Sea-Run Brook Trout Coalition

How many people know that there are wild brook trout in southeastern Massachusetts, or know that they may be passing over a brook trout stream on their way to and from work?
Most people from the South Shore suburbs of Boston, Cape Cod, or the South Coast cities of Fall River and New Bedford would be surprised to learn that southeastern Massachusetts was once a popular trout fishing destination. Before the Industrial Revolution there were hundreds of rivers and streams from Long Island to Maine with populations of sea-run brook trout. Prized for their flavor, size and strength, salter brook trout became the focus of America’s first sport fishery. During the 1800’s, exclusive fishing clubs had sprung up on the more famous of the Massachusetts and Long Island salter streams. By the turn of the century, dam building and habitat degradation precipitated the decline of the fishery and salter populations were reduced to a remnant of their former abundance. Today salter populations are hanging on in tidal creeks and rivers, for the most part unnoticed. Given a chance with stream improvement and dam removal, salter populations can rebound quickly and fish can grow to a typical 12 -14’’ size in a few years, providing excellent angling opportunities once again. Warren Winders

Ecological and Genetic Effects of Salmonid Introductions in North America

“…we recommend termination of the continued stocking of non-native trout and salmon species or strains if these fish will have direct access to or contact-with wild native salmonid
populations. This type of introduction poses unacceptable ecological and genetic risks .. Implicit within this recommendation is the belief by the authors that native salmonid
species and strains have a priority for existence and perpetuation over non-native forms. If societal pressures on fishery management requires implementation of put- grow-take,
enhancement, or supplementation programs, then local native species and stocks should be used for propagation and stocking. If these stocking programs occur in bodies of water where other species are being restored, careful consideration must be given to determine whether the two programs conflict with each other. We argue that if a choice is to be made between the two types of programs, native species or population restoration should be given the highest  priority.”

Maine’s Proposed Plan for Managing State Heritage Fish Waters

2006 Maryland Brook Trout Fisheries Management Plan