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Trout Power, Citizen Science

February 23, 2020 | 1:30 pm

Jordan Ross

JP Ross, Founder of Trout Power, will present data and information on what the organization does to discover new strains of brook trout in the Adirondacks and Tug Hill Plateau. Using catch and release techniques, they catch brook trout and collect a tail tissue sample that is then used for microsatellite genetic analysis to determine if the strain is endemic or introduced, or a hybrid of both.  They have successfully sampled Lost Brook of Raquette Lake, as well as Raquette Lake and Raquette River tributaries, Silver Lake Wilderness, and a section of Tug Hill.

Trout Power was established in 2012. Its 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 State. Trout Power’s documentation and science is recognized by the Sagamore Institute, Cornell University, NYS DEC, and multiple angling groups like Trout Unlimited and the Brook Trout Coalition.