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History and status of wild brook trout, Oct 16
History and status of wild brook trout, Oct 16

George's River Trout Unlimited welcomes Merry Gallagher, MDIFW native fish conservation biologist, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. at Flatbread Pizza Co., 399 Commercial St., Rockport, to kick off the 2017-2018 presentation/meeting series. The group will gather for an informal meal beforehand at 6 p.m.

This talk explores how the history and current status of Maine’s wild brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) sets the stage for current conservation efforts. Past practices and the species' ecology and habitat needs weigh heavily in shaping current and future conservation efforts, including habitat restoration, mitigating threats, and cutting-edge research. The talk will explore how issues like temperature monitoring, road/stream crossings, invasive species, and DNA detection can all contribute to a more comprehensive conservation effort directed to this iconic Maine species.

Gallagher is a stream ecologist with more than 20 years' experience in stream survey methodology, native fish ecology, and landscape/GIS data analysis. She has worked for the MDIFW as a fishery biologist since 2001. She oversees statewide efforts to survey and assess stream habitats, restore degraded aquatic habitat, document wild brook trout populations and improve the general knowledge regarding the distribution of Maine's native fishes.

Gallagher manages MDIFW's databases for stream survey information, commercial fish harvest, and has overseen the effort to convert historically collected fisheries data into GIS-compatible formats. She is Maine's representative for the Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture and the Northeast Fish & Wildlife Diversity Technical Committee.

For more information, go online to or call Carmen Bombeke at 230-9123.

Posted on Monday, October 9, 2017 (Archive on Wednesday, November 8, 2017)
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