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Saw this posted on Stripers online. Could be an interesting presentation on Salters-

SE MA TU NOVEMBER MEETING

November 8, 2016

SAVING CAPE COD’S SALTERS – Steve Hurley

Steve Hurley, our Southeast District Fisheries Manager for the Div. of Fisheries and Wildlife, has been working for more than 20 years to protect and restore salter brook trout. By concentrating on habitat, and using the wild brook trout of our coastal streams to restore salter populations to streams that have lost their trout, Steve has succeeded where others before him have failed. But the battle to save Cape Cod’s salters, and the salter populations of the South Coast of Massachusetts is far from over.

We’ve learned that if we protect the streams, and restore stream habitat (remove dams, fix culverts and rewild), we can bring back the trout, but it all takes tremendous amounts of work, dedication and, yes, money. Find out who the partners are, what science is being employed to save salters, and what the new threats to their survival might be. 

You’ll also be surprised when you see, through underwater video and slides, some of the amazing trout that these salter streams are producing - now.

So come to the meeting on Nov. 8 and learn about our native sea-run brook trout. We may even provide some advice on how to catch them.

Added by me - The location is the Mitchell Memorial Club Just off Rt28 Exit 4 off Route 495 by the Intersection of Rt 495 & Rt 105. A minute off the highway to the venue.


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Very Cool. Thanks Jeff. I have that day kinda sorta off so I might be able to make it.
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Reminder this is tonight  :jeffsod
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Excellent presentation by Steve Hurley last night!

Lots of information and some fantastic photos incorporated into his power point. Sounds like Red Brook has some quality fish right now. Fascinating stuff. He went over the current projects and new projects and discussed changes in the different salter systems around the area.

The biggest shock was the loss Salters in the Santuit. But they are now watching the stream conditions closely and intend to repopulate it with Mashpee strain salters if the water quality can be brought back in line. One of the culprits that he feels is the herring wardens removed every bit of cover from the brook and they put an osprey nest pole next to it at one spot. Duh. But the water quality at the headwaters is a big issue too.

Interestingly they repopulated a couple of the other systems on the cape by taking twenty smolts one year and thirty the next and they have been self sustaining ever since.

One other new challenge they are facing is the re-bounding otter population. I have seen them in the Namasket and they are very active there. He said they are coming back on the cape and one otter can wipe out a whole system the size of the ones on the cape like the Mashpee.

Oh and on the subject of the fall stocking he said the rainbows were too big!! Don't expect that to happen again. He said it was a royal PIA to lug them from the truck to the ponds. Basically doubled the number of trips to haul them to the water in areas where they cannot back down.

I thanked him as the trout this fall are incredible. Caught a beauty last night. 

 

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