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Eastern Brook Trout: Status and Threats

This technical report identifies where wild brook trout populations remain strong, where they are struggling and where they have vanished. Most importantly, it provides state and federal agencies, anglers and community leaders with the tools to identify local rivers and streams that are priorities for protection and restoration. Partners in the Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture are using the technical report and ongoing analyses to develop a comprehensive strategy for state and the federal agencies to protect and restore brook trout on regional and range-wide scales. This will involve advancing data collection, promoting policies necessary for success, and establishing on-the-ground projects to protect and restore brook trout habitat and populations. The data included in the technical report also will serve as a baseline for tracking and measuring the success of protection and restoration efforts over time. This first-of-its-kind assessment paints a comprehensive picture of the condition of brook trout populations across their native range from Ohio to Maine to Georgia. The technical report categorizes a variety of threats to brook trout and their habitat and helps to identify restoration and protection priorities. Using satellite imagery and statistical analysis, the report predicts the status of brook trout in areas that lack population data and identifies different levels of environmental stress that brook trout are able to tolerate before they are likely to disappear.

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