catch the power.

Mission Focus

Enlisting the power of anglers to protect, restore and enhance heritage brook trout populations and their habitats across their native range, through citizen science, advocacy and stewardship.

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501c3 Jan 1. 2017

Our citizen science efforts seek to identify, map, monitor and advocate for protection of wild and genetically unique brook trout populations in the Adirondacks and wherever they are found throughout New York.

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Pay it forward.

It's pretty simple.  We need more help to find, advocate for and protect our New York's brook trout.  They are native.  They are an ecologically and a culturally significant part of the northeast. They are an indication of a healthy ecosystem.  

We rely on help from people to manage projects, be on committees, just fish, or donate.  Either way, we have to know how to get in touch with you.  

Click the Get Involved button and be part of the team.

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Donate to Trout Power

Performing science the right way is expensive.  On average a DNA sample costs about $100 per trout.  Every little bit helps, so please consider making a tax deductible donation to Trout Power. 

Currently we are accepting donations via Facebook, Network For Good or a mailed check. 

Links are to the right for easy processing. 

Donations are used for DNA sample processing and Trout Power Genetic work so that we may continue learning about our native trout.

Thank You for your support! 


Heritage Strain

What is a heritage strain Brook Trout?

Brook trout are not only the state fish of New York, they are one of the few fish that is native to the state. As the last glaciers receded thousands of years ago, a pristine environment was left behind for these native fish. Today New York consists of 7,600 lakes and ponds, and over 70,000 miles of streams and rivers. To fill these waterbodies, the DEC in NY has had an active stocking program of brook trout beginning in 1879-1880. Over the past 140 years continuous stocking has lead to intraspecific breeding with native populations of fish by mixing the genetics and creating hybrids of stocked and native DNA. Within New York, there are a select few populations of genetically distinct brook trout that have not been influenced by stocking. These fish are titled "heritage strain brook trout". Each heritage strain is named according to the waterbody they were identified in and shows physical differences exemplifying the unique genetics of the native fish. In the past few years, Trout Power has identified a previously undocumented heritage strain of brook trout and continues to search for more.

Native and Introduced Range of Brook Trout

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Genetic Analysis

Our current focus is species specific to brook trout, and regionally specific to the Adirondack Park and other wild areas of New York State. Trout Power uses genetic analysis of fish tissue samples in order to document and potentially identify genetically unique brook trout. Samples are collected from fish that are caught using fly rods and barbless hooks. Trout are handled using safe fish handling practices, kept in the water, and all fish are released.

Since the inception of the genetic analysis project in 2016, Trout Power has caught and released over 500 brook trout and has documented hundreds of tissue samples.  The tissue samples are compared to the 6 stocked strains that are stocked within NYS. To date, Trout Power has identified multiple possible genetically unique strains of brook trout. 

Trout Power works closely with the NYS DEC and  is currently working on multiple projects in various areas throughout New York State.

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