Pennsylvania Volunteers Discover New Trout Populations
Today the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will vote on the designation of 98 streams statewide as Naturally Reproducing Wild Trout Waters, thanks in part to the effort of volunteer anglers who have begun providing data on the more than 45,000 streams that have never been studied by state biologists. As John Hayes writes in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the data could also prove critical in monitoring the impact of oil shale drilling.
“‘Volunteer water monitor Sean Brady of Observatory Hill said he got involved because he’s ‘addicted to fly fishing.’ With a biology degree and a background as assistant executive director at Venture Outdoors, he’s Riverlife Pittsburgh’s development director and a Penn’s Woods West Trout Unlimited member.'”