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Hayle Clark

4 February, 2015

Guest Speaker #1: Michael Beauchene









     Michael Beauchene has a connection with the environment since he was young and he loves nature. His has a big passion for fishing which is why we works in the fisheries department. He went to the University of Connecticut were he got his master’s degree in natural resources and the environment, specializing in fisheries management. He does many river rapid bio assessments and he is part of the benthic macro invertebrate survey. He has been working For the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection since 1999. He has been working in the department of fisheries biology of the inland fisheries division. He is a part of many different programs where he works with children and their families to show them about the environment and fish. He has also taught at three rivers and spoke to the Environmental Seminars class for serval years. One of his main goals is to keep people all over into the recreational fishing.

            Fishing is a good thing for people. It is good for your mental and physical health. There are many people who fish all over the world which makes much money for the world. Fishing is a good community and economic importance. Children, adults, and everyone should love the joy of fishing. It can be a great way to spend time with the family or just hang out with friends, but it can be fun for everyone. Michael Beauchene is trying to make fishing fun for everyone, but the main problem that is happen in Connecticut is that since 1986 the number of fishing license have gone down. Without as many people by fishing licenses the amount of money that is going into the preserve of local fishing areas is decreasing. Since 2007 there has been a slight increase in the number of fishing licenses are going up. With this increase it means that they will have to find more populated areas for fishing. The Community Fishing Waters Program is working towards an approach to put more fish into water areas where it is easy to access fish. With doing this they can put many different types of fish into one area so that the fishers can catch many different types of fish while fish in the same area. When doing this they have to have constant stockings and maintaining of the places that the DEEP stock.

            In Connecticut there are more than 30 species of recreational fishing areas. Connecticut has fish hatcheries that have been growing many different fish for over 90 years. In these fish hatcheries they have over 600,000 adult trout and 300,000 fry and fingerlings are produced for distribution. After the trout are old enough they put them into fishing areas where people can go fishing for the trout. This is a great place for beginners and experts alike to go fishing. Many of the fishing areas have trout parks, but when fishing in a trout park there is usually a two fish per day limit. The trout parks are heavily stocked so that the people fishing will easily be able to catch the fish and this should help to get more people hooked on fishing. The more experience that people have with the fishing the more likely they will to want to do it again. This means that they might go out and buy a fishing license. They have different areas where they stock fish due to the environment because it is a great place for them to reproduce naturally and not in hatcheries. These places where they put these fish they have a rule that whatever you catch has to be put back when you are done.

            A type of fish that people fish for is called the Walleye which is one of America’s most popular gamefish located in the upper Midwest part of the state. These fish are stocked in ponds for people to fish. Another type of fish that we have is the Northern Pike which is one of Connecticut’s predatory gamefish. This type of fish is a marsh spanning fish. We also have Bass which is one of the popular gamefish, but it is not a stocking fish. Bass are not stocking fish because they can reproduce on their own. Bass is one of most popular fish that people fish for in Connecticut.  Another fish that is located in Connecticut is the Channel Catfish which are tolerant to lower quality water and are found in urban water areas. These are important areas because they are populated and have a large number of beneficial qualities to create an enthusiasm for fishing. The one problem with the urban areas is that they are seasonal areas due to the quality of the water.

            There are some fishing areas where the amount of time that you are allowed to fish there is shorter due to the adequate waters. These areas are most of the time opened from April to July due to biological growth. This is very common in areas where the ponds need to be stocked. The stocking of fish increase the amount of community involvement because it shows them how much work it take to make a fisher work well. To let people the people of the community know about the stocking of fish into different fisheries they put the information on social networking sites, their Facebook page, and more. They also have a program for children to get involved in fish which allows the children to get youth fishing passport. Ways that they are trying to get people involved in fishing is by programs like the CT fish and wildlife Facebook page, Youth Fishing Passport, they give out CT Fishing Tips, the CT Aquatic Resources Education (CARE). To get people to join them for the stocking release they update on their Facebook page about where and when they are stocking. Also on their Facebook page they show off fishers and what they caught to show everyone how successful fishers can be.

            The benefits of fishing in CT has tremendous economic and environmental factors. It brings money in for the economy, but it also is good for people’s mental and physical health. I believe that the increase of fishing can lead to more family activity and it will lead to more community involvement. With the work that Michael Beauchene and the people at the DEEP are doing it will help to incorporate fishing into the livelihoods of many people. Fishing with produce food, recreation and relaxation for many people for years to come.




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