The rainbow trout mistake

Lured by a utopian vision of nature, fish and game agencies dropped billions of trout into thousands of lakes. Now, they’re determined to undo the damage they caused.

This article from Conservation magazine spells it all out. In many cases, rainbows were dumped into water they weren’t native to in a bid to sell more fishing licenses and therefore get more dollars for the state agency’s budget. It’s a story that goes on today with many many hatcheries, including those I’m most familiar with in Pennsylvania. I pleaded again and again over the years for the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission to go out and actually save waters threatened by development, like road building. To no avail.


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