Douglas Thompson to speak about trout

The Easton Public Library is at 691 Morehouse Road. —Nancy Doniger photo

The Easton Public Library is at 691 Morehouse Road.
—Nancy Doniger photo

Citizens for Easton invites the public on a fishing expedition into the waterways with “The Quest for the Golden Trout,” a compelling new book by Douglas Thompson.

Thompson — author, department chair, and professor of geology at Connecticut College — will be the speaker at CFE’s annual meeting, Monday, June 22, at 7 p.m. at the Easton Public Library.

Thompson writes that the angler’s dream of fishing pristine waters for sleek, healthy trout has  become a manufactured experience — to the detriment of rivers and streams. Millions of dollars are invested in river restoration projects and fish-stocking programs, which are based on faulty logic, he says. As a result, these programs risk destroying the very species they are designed to protect.

When river ecosystems are modified with engineered structures to improve fishing, native species that compete with trout are eradicated. Non-native invasive game fish are indiscriminately introduced, genetically modified, and selectively bred to produce the contrived “golden trout.”

As Thompson noted in his op-ed in The New York Times last month, “… it is more important than ever to protect wild populations of native fish with catch-and-release practices.”

Since Easton’s Mill River is one of only nine Class A wild trout streams in Connecticut, Thompson’s work is especially timely.

Copies of The Quest for the Golden Trout will be available and refreshments will be served.

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