Moosehead fisheries efforts paying dividends
Posted by Kevin McKay, 19 May 2012 · 314 views
Tim Obrey and his fisheries colleagues in the Moosehead Lake region have spent the past several years addressing a problem with no easy solution.
There were too many lake trout, or togue, for the forage base that existed in the state’s largest lake.
As a result, Obrey, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s regional fisheries biologist for the Moosehead region, said that both togue and landlocked salmon were growing slowly, unable to find enough food.
During an interview that was followed by his regular fisheries report, Obrey said there were two key components to management efforts. First, reduce the number of mouths that had to be fed. And second, provide more forage — smelts — for those mouths to feed on.Now, thanks to an ambitious plan that has been ongoing for five years, Obrey is happy to report that significant progress has been made.
“We were very close to the bottom of the bottom of the barrel in 2007,”
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