Assistant Press Secretary, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)
Recently, I saw what I’ve heard described as a rite of spring take place: the Annual Fish Stocking at Jamaica Pond. This event brings school children, along with state and city officials, out to help replenish the pond’s trout and salmon population and signals that the spring fishing season is truly underway. This being my first year, I wasn’t quite sure what I was in for, but I can tell you I had a great time.
MassWildlife, a division of the Department of Fish and Game, brought over a thousand fish from state hatcheries in Sandwich, Belchertown, Sunderland and Montague to be placed in the pond. The goal is to release 529,000 fish in 500 Massachusetts waterways this season, and along the way teach kids about the natural world and our connection to it.
Students from the John F. Kennedy Elementary and the Curley K-8 schools in Jamaica Plain, as well as Dorchester’s Youth Alternative Academy, were all on the scene. I couldn’t help but feel a sense of community and camaraderie as kids took time to help each other carry buckets and nets of fish down to the shoreline. Oh, and there were plenty of smiles and laughter too.
Ken Simmons, chief of hatcheries and all-around great guy, said this is one of his favorite events. Now it’s one of mine too.
Spring fishing season is here. Get your rod, go out there and enjoy it!
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