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Stocking Arctic charr in heritage pond is a bad idea

BANGOR, Maine Fisheries conservationists made passionate pleas Tuesday night for state fisheries officials to reconsider a plan that would allow the introduction of Arctic charr into a brook trout moncler outlet online shop water that has moncler saldi never been stocked, and which is included on Maine’s list of protected Heritage Fish Waters.

piumini https://www.moncleroutlet-i.org moncler uomo The proposed delisting of Henderson Pond, which is in northern Piscataquis County, due west of Millinocket, drew the ire of those in attendance. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is considering a plan that would transfer struggling charr from Bald Mountain Pond, or perhaps piumini moncler uomo from another source, to Henderson Pond, where a viable spawning population of charr could be raised. piumini moncler uomo

moncler outlet «I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard this department say the Heritage waters should be the best of the best,» said Gary Corson, a fisheries activist from New Sharon. «There’s no doubt that the state’s Heritage Waters [list] contains many of the state’s best brook trout and charr moncler outlet waters. I think that department’s Henderson proposal reverses the intent of the Heritage law and brings us full circle.» moncler outlet

Instead, Corson said, the state seems willing to sacrifice a pristine brook trout pond and use it as just another holding pond for a species that didn’t naturally live there.

piumini moncler scontatissimi «I’d suggest that to put the department’s proposal to put a nonindigenous [species] into moncler outlet online uomo Henderson Pond does nothing but create another stocked water in the state of Maine,» Corson said. piumini moncler scontatissimi

moncler saldi uomo The comments were made during a public hearing on a number of fisheries proposals outlet moncler put forth by the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Up for debate were a total of 11 rulemaking proposals that would change regulations on a number of lakes, ponds or thoroughfares around the state. In addition, moncler outlet serravalle 10 proposals seek to either remove a water from special protections offered to State Heritage Fish Waters or to add a water to that list. moncler saldi uomo

moncler donna The rulemaking proposals will face a vote at an upcoming DIF advisory council meeting. moncler donna

piumini moncler saldi About a dozen people attended the hearing, and only three chose to testify. piumini moncler saldi

moncler uomo Before the hearing began, Francis Brautigam, the piumini moncler outlet DIF director of fisheries and moncler bambino saldi hatcheries, outlined the proposals, including the Henderson Pond plan under consideration. moncler uomo

moncler saldi outlet Brautigam said the department conducted research in three fisheries regions to find a pond that could serve as a host for the Arctic charr, and Henderson Pond topped that list of potential waters. moncler saldi outlet

moncler bambino saldi «The waters, not surprisingly, that piumini moncler offered the piumini moncler scontatissimi best prospects for a new home for Bald Mountain Pond charr are really the Heritage ponds,» Brautigam said. «The Heritage ponds represent some of the best ponds that we have in the state in terms of water quality, in terms of a limited number of species that are present, in terms of overall depth and prospects of success.» moncler bambino saldi

moncler bambino outlet The only testimony offered focused primarily on the state’s Heritage Fish Waters, which are designed to protect waters that harbor native or wild brook trout, and have been either never been stocked, or have not been moncler uomo stocked for moncler saldi outlet 25 years. Those waters are considered prized trout habitat, and among other regulations, the use of live bait on those lakes and ponds is prohibited. moncler outlet online shop moncler bambino outlet

piumini moncler outlet And the proposal to remove Henderson Pond from that list drew most of the ire from the speakers. piumini moncler outlet

moncler outlet serravalle Bob Mallard, who spoke on behalf of the Native Fish Coalition, said both Maine and New Hampshire have struggled with charr restoration, and efforts typically fail. He said protecting Henderson Pond and keeping it on the list of protected Heritage waters was essential. moncler outlet serravalle

moncler outlet trebaseleghe «While we understand and support the need to support Maine’s rare Arctic charr, they moncler saldi uomo are not native to Henderson Pond, and as such would constitute an introduction, not a restoration or reintroduction,» Mallard said. «If we want to preserve the Bald Mountain strain something we should do they belong in a hatchery, not in a pond.» moncler outlet trebaseleghe

outlet moncler Conservationists also spoke out against removing Heritage Water status from Cold Water Brook Pond, one of the few protected brook trout waters in York County. That pond is smaller than it once was due to a dam failure, but speakers said brook trout still live there, and it is still worth protecting. outlet moncler

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moncler outlet online uomo A rule on Sebago Lake and all direct tributaries that would address the stockpiling of lake trout, which has become a significant concern. moncler donna The new rule would eliminate the bag limit for lake trout under 26 inches in length, moncler bambino outlet while requiring that all togue between 26 and 33 inches be released at once. moncler outlet online uomo

moncler outlet online shop Fisheries officials say there are so many lake trout in Sebago that the current protective slot, which doesn’t allow harvest of fish between 23 and 33 inches, means that the slow growing fish spend 18 or 19 years in that protective size moncler outlet trebaseleghe range before outgrowing piumini moncler saldi the protection. That has led to an overabundance of lake trout. moncler outlet online shop

moncler saldi A rule that would target a burgeoning landlocked salmon population on the Fish River, including some thoroughfares between lakes, along with Portage Lake, St. Froid Lake, Soldier Pond and its tributaries. The new rule: No bag limit on landlocked salmon less than 14 inches long moncler saldi.

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