Hello fellow trout enthusiasts, another fall is upon us and that means trout are spawning and eggs will be hatching. The Nutmeg Chapter’s TIC program is well under way with 16 schools participating this year. We have a wide diversity of grade levels and cities involved, from Kindergarten to 12th graders with schools in Fairfield, Westport, Trumbull, Milford, Shelton, Stratford, Ansonia, and Monroe.
Last year well over 2000 fingerlings (Parr stage) brown trout were released into several of our local rivers. Even more important is the next generation of conservationists we are growing in our cities and suburbs.
If you know of any schools that would like to participate in this rich hands-on curriculum, please tell them about the TIC program and contact me, David Edgeworth at email Eggsofan@hotmail.com or cell 203 627-5817. Contributed by David Edgeworth on October 24th 2016.
Trout in the Classroom Programs Liberate Their Fish
Statewide schools participating in Trout Unlimited’s Trout in the Classroom program are releasing the trout they have raised in their classroom since the eggs hatched. The Brown Trout (eggs provided by the Kensington State Fish Hatchery) are being released to local rivers and streams. Students have spent many hours caring for and learning about the needs of Brown Trout. Good luck to all of the fry raised and released by these students. Contact CT Trout Unlimited for more information about the Trout in the Classroom program. Ed Albrecht is our state wide coordinator. And Dave Edgeworth is our Nutmeg TIC coordinator.
The Connecticut Council of Trout Unlimited is fighting to stop cuts in the budget proposed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy that would eliminate Kensington Hatchery.
This year’s proposed budget calls for the removal of $195,000 specified as the amount necessary to operate the Kensington Hatchery
The following are impacts of the loss of this hatchery:
Valuable genetic traits defining Connecticut River salmon will be lost forever.
Obtaining eggs for the Trout in the Classroom may be more difficult
The Salmon-in-Schools program, sponsored by the Connecticut River Salmon Association, would be terminated after this school year which would effect 60-70 schools.
Up to 7000 Atlantic Salmon fishing trips in Connecticut will be lost with the end of the brood stocking program.
The unique Seeforellen Brown trout will be lost to Connecticut anglers.
Click here for instructions on what you can tell your membership to do to help. You can copy and paste the information to your own website or in the body of an email (don’t forget the links!) or simply share the link on your Facebook Page, On Twitter, or in an email.
Also, Jim Glowienka will be at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford to testify at the public hearing on Monday, March 2nd at 6:30. We encourage anyone who can to come and stand with TU on this issue.
OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION: OPENING DAY OF TROUT SEASON WILL BE APRIL 11TH!
Secretary, CT Council Trout Unlimited
President, Farmington Valley Trout Unlimited
Nutmeg TU TIC coordinator Dave Edgeworth reports that Trout In the Classroom had a very successful trout egg delivery day on Nov 18. Teachers and students were very excited to receive their eggs.
Several volunteers were on hand to make the drop-off to 16 schools across the Nutmeg Chapter region. Many thanks to our President Chuck Petruccelli, Joseph Lanese, and Gian Morresi for the time and effort on a cold and windy morning.
Every school received 200 brown trout eggs which will hatch, grow, and be released into local rivers in May.