NEWSREEL

October - 2012

Newsletter of the Naugatuck-Pomperaug Chapter
Trout Unlimited

Publisher: Cathy Unger
Contributors: Bob Gregorski, Glenn LaFreniere


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Upcoming Events
CLICK ON underlined 'EVENTS' to get detailed info.

Monthly meetings are at 7:00 PM in the Community Room at the, Naugatuck Savings Bank, 87 Church St., Naugatuck,   For further information call Dom Falcone at 860-274-4103 or dafalcone@snet.net or visit www.tunaugpomp.org. The Guest speaker for the October 3 meeting will be Neil Hagstrom. His topics will be the CT Brook Trout program and Stream Temperatures.

The Annual Fundraiser Banquet will be held on Novevember 9th at Molto Bene restaurant (formerly known as JJ Sullivan's) on Wakelee Ave. in Ansonia. The restaurant is under new management and the food is much better. The price for tickets will be the same at $35 per person, and $65 per couple.

Angling gear tag sale.

Glenn Lafreniere
parkcitytreq@hotmail.com


Photo taken many years ago by Mike Stephens of Chapter members doing an insect study in the Pomperaug. Can you identify the location and people?


Connecticut River Atlantic Salmon

Bob Gregorski

Recently the Connecticut River Atlantic Salmon Commission (CRASC) released information that the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) will no longer produce Atlantic salmon for the Connecticut River restoration program. At a recent meeting of CRASC the USFWS, Regional Director Wendi Weber stated that the USFWS would no longer produce any salmon in their culture facilities for the Connecticut River restoration program. Weber announced that the salmon program has been performing poorly for over two decades in terms of adult returns. That and fiscal challenges and shifting priorities resulted in the USFWS to make the change. The bottom line is -- federal hatcheries will no longer culture salmon for the Connecticut River Program.

Federal Hatcheries: The White River National Fish Hatchery in Bethel, VT was virtually destroyed by Tropical Storm Irene and when it is rebuilt it will supply lake trout for Great Lakes Compact with Canada and perhaps other species. The Dwight D. Eisenhower National Fish Hatchery, which targeted 300,000 fry and 100,000 smolts for the Connecticut River, currently holds pre-smolts for stocking, 40,000 – 60,000 smolts, in 2013. Thereafter the facility will raise trout. The Richard Cronin National Salmon Station: in the long term will address other priorities. In the short term it will support the states: 2012 returning adults will be spawned there this fall. 2013 sea run salmon will be retained there. It appears that there is a two-year commitment from the USFWS to continue to operate Cronin (including picking up salmon at Holyoke and West Springfield). This commitment will be confirmed at a meeting of CRSAC this fall.

State Hatcheries: VT Roxbury Fish Culture Station, Grand Isle, VT: can receive eggs but has no facilities to raise fry or salmon. Eggs for VT school program in January 2012 came from Roxbury Station. Roger Reed Hatchery, Palmer, MA: salmon brood stock and incubate eggs; 1.5 million eggs on station in 2012. This was source of eggs for CRSA Salmon-in-Schools Program in January 2012. Massachusetts has not decided definitely if it will continue salmon work at this facility. It plans to expand its brook trout and landlocked salmon production. It is considering continuing a limited Atlantic salmon production program to help support VT’s Roxbury Hatchery.

Connecticut State Fish Hatchery in Kensington, CT: facilities to incubate eggs and raise fry and adult salmon. Kensington presently has salmon brood stock on station. At the July 10 CRASC meeting Bill Hyatt, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Natural Resources Bureau Chief, stated that CT will keep Kensington State Fish Hatchery in operation and will continue its primary purpose to raise broodstock Atlantic salmon, which have become popular fisheries in designated rivers outside of CT River Basin. As a by-product of this program, eggs can be produced, ~400,000 fry per year, which would be stocked into target habitat reaches. This would also serve as a potential genetic bank, keeping the strain now in hand alive. It is unclear if this activity would be able to maintain a genetically viable strain, as intended. That question will need to be examined more closely. Hyatt stated an intention to continue to provide salmon eggs for classroom programs. The Connecticut River Salmon Association will continue its primary mission of supporting Atlantic salmon restoration in the Connecticut River. CRSA will support CRASC in its efforts to manage other anadromous species in the river. CRASC endorses CT DEEP for its efforts to maintain the genetic base of Connecticut River salmon. It welcomes the commitment to continue to provide salmon eggs for our Salmon-in-Schools program and to rear and release salmon fry to the extent possible. And it supports the use of surplus brood stock to continue a popular fishery in selected areas.

Anyone interested in learning more of the proposed USFWS activities in lieu of rearing Atlantic salmon for the Connecticut River Atlantic Atlantic_Salmon Restoration program may wish to contact Wendi Weber, Director, Region 5, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, 300 Westgate Center Drive, Hadley, MA 01035.



Don Falcone and Marty Petersen fish the Naugy on the last day of summer.

photo by Bob Gregorski

 



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