Why I Belong to the Sea Run Brook Trout Coalition



Answering Why the Sea-Run Brook Trout Coalition…?
The bottom line is that there are still brook trout in an enormous number of our coastal streams from Long Island to Maine. They suffer from stream fragmentation and riparian degradation, but they’ve managed to hang on for this long. The Sea Run Brook Trout Coalition was formed because we could not idly stand by and watch these fish die. The death of each stream population of brook trout also marks the death of the stream that they had lived in. At the point at which the brook trout die, the stream itself has been dying for some time, and after their passing it becomes a tomb, a collection of memories that soon fade. There are things that we can do to stop this die off – things like dam removal, safe minimum flow requirements, stream buffers, land protection and increased public awareness… but we have to do these things now. This is not a situation where we can afford to just focus on the streams that are in the best shape. Along the east coast, if a stream is in decent shape, it is only because it has been taken care of for a long time. That population is probably least in need. To save salters, we have to become involved in restoring streams. Making the low hanging fruit and easy fixes a priority will not work for salters. Do that and you’ll witness the demise of most of what remains. The Sea Run Brook Trout Coalition is dedicated to trying to keep that from happening.


One thought on “Why I Belong to the Sea Run Brook Trout Coalition

  1. Jon Ursillo

    You make a good point because it is the streams in total disrepair that are going to have to be restored as well, and although this is going to take a lot of work, every population of salters is worth saving. You made me think of the Palmer and Segregansett rivers with this post. These are two rivers that certainly are not low hanging fruit.

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