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.
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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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.
Click the Get Involved button and be part of the team. We do not have members, we just have friends.
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.
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Doing Science work the right way is expensive. On average a DNA sample costs about $100 per sample. Every little bit helps, so please consider making a tax deductible donation to Trout Power.
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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 intra-specific breeding with native populations of fish, 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. Each heritage strain 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.
Trout Power uses genetic micro-satellite analysis of fish tissue samples in order to document and sometimes discover new strains of fish. Our current focus is species specific to brook trout, and regionally specific to the Adirondack Park and Tug Hill Plateau of New York State.
Since the inception of the project in 2016 Trout Power has caught and released over 500 brook trout and has documented hundreds of tissue samples. The summary to the right is only a sampling of the work we have done.
Trout Power works closely with the NYS DEC and is currently working on a Presence/ Non-Presence survey in the Silver Lake Wilderness Area. This information coupled with strong project management and collaborative efforts with the State is helping to alter and change trout management policy in New York State.
Trout Power is a citizen science group that aims to set the bar on standards and best practices that others can use to be successful.
Documentation and mapping is key to success and project management. We use GPS units and tools like Google Maps to help us keep track of our information and make that data sharable to other scientists and groups.
Collaboration is also key to success and we are currently working closely with Trout Unlimited, the Nature Conservancy and the DEC to mention a few.