Outreach Coordinator, MassWildlife
For avid anglers out there, I recently got some great news from our Chief of Hatcheries, Ken Simmons. Over 450 broodstock salmon were stocked in selected lakes and ponds across the state in late October. These big, beautiful fish weighing several pounds apiece are referred to as “retired” broodstock salmon because they can no longer produce eggs in quantity for hatchery needs. To get an idea of the size of these fish, check out the image from a stocking event earlier in 2009 with Environment Undersecretary Phil Griffiths holding one of these big beauties.
This particular batch of fish came from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s White River National Fish Hatchery in Vermont, a federal salmon hatchery involved in the restoration of Atlantic salmon in the Connecticut River. State fish and wildlife agencies partnering in the salmon restoration effort have an option to picking up the “retirees” and stocking them in their own state for a bonus fishing experience! We never know how many fish will be available, but it looks like another truckload or two of fish will be stocked sometime in December. For a fishing adventure this weekend or during Thanksgiving week, click here to see which lakes and ponds contain a big “broody” fish lurking in the water!
The View from Massachusetts posted on Sep 17
While Massachusetts can claim significant success in urban river revitalization, dam removal, cranberry bog naturalization and stream flow restoration, globally there are daunting challenges to restore highly impacted or vanishing ecosystems that will test the acumen of ecologists, engineers and politicians for years to come.
2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: September posted on Sep 12
September’s photo contest winner was Gary Kamen, who photographed Mount Warner Vineyard in Hadley. Mount Warner Vineyards is a farm-winery located in Hadley, a small town in the beautiful Pioneer Valley. Operated by Gary and Bobbie Kamen, their philosophy is to recognize the unique characteristics of …Continue Reading 2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: September
Calling All Shuckers! posted on Sep 3
Do you know where the oysters you ate at the raw bar last night were grown? Do you know how oysters are grown? Oysters naturally inhabited the eastern coast dating back to the 1700s, but due to over-harvesting, disease, and habitat loss, wild oysters have …Continue Reading Calling All Shuckers!