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About the Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture

Wild Brook Trout

Greetings on behalf of the Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture Partnership Steering Committee.

A diverse group of partners, including state fish and wildlife agencies, federal resource agencies, Indian tribes, academic institutions and non-governmental 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 wild Brook Trout; completed extensive work that identifies key threats to wild Brook Trout and their habitats; and developed conservation strategies to protect, enhance and restore wild Brook Trout.

To support these collaborative efforts, the EBTJV Steering Committee has adopted a formal Management Structure and all active partners have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The MOU affirms a voluntary commitment to participate in this Fish Habitat Partnership. Continued expansion of the partnership will allow the EBTJV to represent all interested partners in advancing the partnership’s strategic priorities. If your organization would like to become a formal member of the EBTJV, please print the MOU and have it signed by the appropriate representative of your organization. An original copy of the completed signature page should be mailed to the individual identified at the bottom of the document.

Link to EBTJV Management Structure:
Link to EBTJV Memorandum of Understanding:

Please contact me if you have any questions or comments about the EBTJV.

Thank you.

Stephen G. Perry, Coordinator
Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture
350 Hunkins Pond Road
Sanbornton, NH 03269

More About the Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture


What is the Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture?

The Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture (EBTJV) is a unique partnership between state and federal agencies, regional and local governments, businesses, conservation organizations, academia, scientific societies, and private citizens. The nation’s first pilot project under the National Fish Habitat Initiative (, EBTJV is a geographically focused, locally driven, and scientifically based effort to protect, restore and enhance aquatic habitat throughout the range of the eastern Brook Trout.

Are there existing programs similar to EBTJV?

The EBTJV has been modeled after the joint ventures that are aligned with the highly successful North American Waterfowl Management Plan, a strategy which was implemented in the 1980s to forge partnerships for the restoration and protection of millions of acres of wetland breeding areas for waterfowl.

What does the EBTJV do?

The EBTJV will function at multiple geographic and jurisdictional scales to achieve measurable on-the-ground conservation success while securing the adoption of policies favoring aquatic habitat protection. EBTJV seeks to maximize the energies, expertise and existing partnerships throughout the eastern Brook Trout range through a collaborative, non-regulatory framework.

Specifically, partners in EBTJV are working to:
  • Assess the status, trends, and current vs. historical distribution of native Eastern brook trout populations from Georgia to Maine
  • Identify data needed to facilitate species conservation and management
  • Identify threats and potential solutions as part of a range-wide conservation strategy
  • Prioritize actions based on measurable improvements for the least investment, in the shortest period of time, with a focus on common, critical, habitat threats
  • Track, quantify and report, protection and restoration progress and results
  • Share information and successes with partners and Congressional delegations
  • Leverage existing funding by developing additional funding sources, including non-traditional revenue sources
  • Develop, implement and manage a public outreach, education and advocacy campaign

Why a "Joint Venture"?

Historically, approaches to the conservation of eastern Brook Trout have been fragmented. A comprehensive range-wide conservation strategy will assist all partners in effectively addressing common large-scale threats to Brook Trout and their habitat. The EBTJV promotes recognition that aquatic habitat loss is a national problem and that the quality and diversity of aquatic resources depend on habitat conservation. The EBTJV demonstrates the effectiveness of broad collaborative endeavors to improve aquatic habitats and conserve valuable aquatic resources.

The EBTJV also serves as a forum that uses the strengths and expertise of many partners to achieve conservation successes while educating and attracting support from the public and elected officials.  The EBTJV provides a model for other aquatic based regional and national conservation efforts. Ultimately, the EBTJV will secure populations of wild Brook Trout, aid in the restoration of watershed integrity, protect water quality, and enhance human connections to and stewardship of our natural environment.

What are the next steps?

The EBTJV is implementing a Conservation Strategy that addresses the current threats to eastern Brook Trout. EBTJV Committees formulate operational plans that address high priority conservation needs.  The EBTJV continues to work with natural resource management agencies to update data on the status, distribution, and threats for wild Brook Trout at at multiple scales.

Link to a list of EBTJV State Contacts:

Link to EBTJV Committees and Working Groups:

Link to a list of EBTJV Steering Committee Members:

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