Next MA-RI Trout Unlimited Council Meeting

The next Council meeting will be held Sunday, February 7, 2021 via Zoom from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.   Hope to see you there!

Zoom info forthcoming.

International Fly Fishing Festival – October 25th

GBTU Partnership with Neponset River Watershed Association

Greater Boston Trout Unlimited (GBTU) is partnering with the Neponset River Watershed Association (NepWRA) to map and track the health of the Neponset River’s cold water tributaries and the wild brook and other trout that call them home. The project will assess habitat quality, inventory barriers to passage, and evaluate the trout populations of the watershed’s cold-water tributaries using cutting-edge environmental DNA (eDNA) technology. Based on our findings, the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife will conduct a full-scale fish population assessment and partner in long-term strategic conservation plans for the watershed. GBTU member-volunteers, Boston urban youth, and the 14 communities through which the Neponset flows will be involved in every phase of the project. The project will be supervised by GBTU Board members Gabby Queenan, Policy Director of the Massachusetts Rivers Association (MRA); and Bill Pastuszek, immediate GBTU past president, Conservation Committee co-chair, and co-chair NLC Land Conservancy workgroup. Chris Hirsch, GBTU Board member and the NepRWA Environmental Scientist, will serve as the scientific coordinator and liaison among the partner organizations.

Deerfield River Watershed Chapter Brown Trout Telemetry Study

Deerfield River Watershed Chapter spent two days on the river with biologists from the US Geological Survey:  Silvio Conte from the Anadromous Fish Lab and Adam Kautza from MA Fish & Wildlife. The biologists surgically implanted radio tags into 30 Brown Trout and released them back into the river. Using radio receivers, DRWTU members and volunteers will track the fish’s movements over the next year. DRWTU has applied for a 2019 Embrace A Stream Grant to help pay for additional receiver equipment to focus on the upcoming 2019 fall spawning season.

Please view these links for more information on this exciting project:

Radio Tagged Fish Project Explores Impact Of Hydroelectric Dams On Deerfield River

Local group, biologists begin study of trout in Deerfield River