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An initiative by Sebago Chapter of TU to fund reclamation of five ponds in Maine in five years

In the past 15 years, Regional Biologist Francis Brautigam's staff in Gray has reclaimed water bodies and subsequently observed significant increases in brook trout growth and angler catch. Following treatment the ponds are restocked, and where spawning and nursery habitat is limited or nonexistent, ongoing stocking programs sustain these thriving fisheries. A shrinking MDIFW budget necessitated creative funding solutions to support continued reclamation projects. Sebago TU stepped in to fill the gap.

The application of organic fish toxicants, like rotenone, to eradicate invasive and undesirable fish has been a widely accepted management practice throughout the United States since the 1930’s. Approximately 200 reclamations have been completed in Maine, nearly 50 of which took place in the Sebago Lake region. Successful reclamations in southern Maine were undertaken at:

5in5 has enabled MDIFW to move quickly to restore native brook trout in these waters: Round Pond in Albany is scheduled for treatment in 2015 - the fifth pond of the five 5in5 ponds.

Rotenone is a natural substance produced in the stem and roots of certain tropical plants in the bean family. Rotenone inhibits the use of oxygen by fish and has been used by native people to harvest food fish, and also as a common garden pesticide. Rotenone is organic, non-persistent in the environment, and possesses limited or short-term impacts to non-target species.

"We seek to restore and establish native fish communities (brook trout) and to re-establish plankton communities more representative of natural lake ecosystems." –Francis Brautigam

"It is the most worthwhile management practice State fisheries biologists can perform to improve brook trout fisheries, particularly in southern Maine where so many competing fish have been introduced to area waters.” –Francis Brautigam

‘Maine possesses the most intact subwatersheds (147) for stream brook trout populations. Intact brook trout populations in lakes are confined exclusively to Maine (185). In Maine, brook trout lakes in 323 subwatersheds have severely reduced status and 235 subwatersheds have unknown population status. Non-native fish species constituted by far the largest threats to lake populations.’ –Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture

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