A Primer On Salter

How many people know that there are wild brook trout in southeastern Massachusetts, or know that they may be passing over a brook trout stream on their way to and from work? 

Most people from the South Shore suburbs of Boston, Cape Cod, or the South Coast cities of Fall River and New Bedford would be surprised to learn that southeastern Massachusetts was once a popular trout fishing destination. Before the Industrial Revolution, there were hundreds of rivers and streams from Long Island to Maine with populations of sea-run brook trout. Prized for their flavor, size and strength, “salter” brook trout became the focus of America’s first sport fishery.

By the turn of the (20th) century, however, dam building and habitat degradation precipitated the decline of the fishery, and salter populations were reduced to a remnant of their former abundance. Today’s salter populations are hanging on in a relatively few tidal creeks and rivers, for the most part unnoticed.  Yet, given a chance, with stream habitat restoration and the removal of dams and other barriers, salter populations can rebound quickly. That is the primary mission of the SRBTC, “a science-based, grassroots alliance of academics, fishery biologists, ecologists, non-governmental organizations (NGO’s), and private citizens whose goal is the preservation and restoration of wild, native coastal brook trout in their historic range”.  Resources at this page include the current (Summer 2013) and inaugural (Spring 2013) editions of The Salter, the SRBTC’s newsletter, both well worth reading.

For more information, visit the Sea Run Brook Trout Coalition (SRBTC) web site,

To subscribe to Ebb&Flow  , the very informative quarterly newsletter put out by the Division of Ecological Restoration (DER) that Russ edits click here .

Division of Ecological Restoration (DER) web site:  http://www.mass.gov/der

Introducing GBTU's Newly Elected Officers

At the Chapter's annual meeting, held in conjunction with the regular Chapter meeting last November, the Chapter elected the following Officers:

President:  David Glater
Vice President:  Fred Jennings
Secretary:  Bruce Osterling
Treasurer:  Steven Kundrot

Congratulations to all, and thanks and appreciation to the retiring officers – Garry Crago, Jim Miller, John Salemi, and Peter Schilling.