Mt Rose Washoe Co NV Bill Bouton
PRIBT has developed a BROOK TROUT PROPOSAL for the establishment of an experimental Wild Brook Trout Management Area in Rhode Island.  This action is consistent with the principles of Trout Unlimited and has been recognized as such. Our proposal was presented to the RIDEM during the department’s annual regulations hearing held on April 2, 2014.  Supporters of the concept traveled from as far as western Connecticut.  You can view the proposal here and offer your comments below.


5 comments to Wild Brook Trout Management Area Proposed

  • brian o'connor

    Christine Dudley DEM Fisheries christine.dudley@dem.ri.gov This is a great idea, thanks

  • Who do we write to at the State in support of this proposal?

  • Burt Strom

    A perfect synopsis: “Re-wild the Wood.”

  • brian o'connor

    And not only the aquatic vegetation has suffered. It’s the entire ecosystem which has been abused,including the Eastern Pearlshell Mussel. This species is found only in the upper reaches and coldest tributaries of the Pawcatuck watershed. It is listed as State Endangered due to the inability of it’s young to deal with excessive sedimentation. Everything is connected in a complex ecological web, Doing harm to one species, harms all. Rewild the Wood!

  • Burt Strom

    The proposal is very well composed and certainly timely (if not too late !)

    It is going to be vehemently opposed by RI’s selfish and trenchant fishermen who want to fish where and how they please. (At the hearing we heard a sampling of the reaction we should expect !)

    The brook trout is a harbinger; its vulnerability reflects our disregard for more than just her. The river is suffering: the river grass is all but gone where people walk to fish and with it the grass’ resident insects, and the once healthy interaction it provides to help the upwelling water keep the river fertile.

    We should think of our concern for the brook trout as a part of our concern for the river and our concern for our selfish and destructive behavior in a much larger sense.

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