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Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture Sampling

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The Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture (EBTJV) is a partnership between state and federal agencies, regional and local governments, businesses, conservation organizations, academia, scientific societies, and private citizens. The EBTJV was formed to halt the decline of brook trout and restore fishable populations. For more information on the EBJTV visit their web site, which can be found under Links Leaving DEC's Website in the right hand column.

The DEC is just one of the many partners in the EBTJV. Across the state, Regional fisheries staff are surveying waters with the potential to support brook trout. Many of these waters are small unnamed streams that have never been surveyed or survey data is outdated. Between 2008 and 2017 a total of 531 of these potential waters have been surveyed in Central New York (DEC Region 7). Some of these surveys were EBJTV while others were stream reclassification surveys. Brook trout were found in 171 of these waters and 162 waters qualify for reclassification to a higher water quality standard. This is one of the immediate benefits of this effort; it identifies streams or stream segments that warrant upgrading of their water classification.

EBTJV and Reclassification Surveys in Region 7 from 2008 to 2017
Year Number of Surveys Surveys Brook Trout Found % Surveys Brook Trout Found Number of Brook Trout Collected Streams to Reclassify
2008 31 4 13% 9 7
2009 28 7 25% 51 3
2010 11 2 18% 5 3
2011 414 137 33% 1,171 134
2012 0 0 0 0 0
2013 6 4 67% 42 6
2014 11 3 27% 42 3
2015 6 5 83% 51 0
2016 11 6 55% 82 6
2017 13 3 23% 4