Prof. Douglas Thompson will be discussing his book The Quest for the Golden Trout: Environmental Loss and America’s Iconic Fish. He believes river/stream restoration and fish stocking programs can in fact destroy aquatic species. His book will be available for signing and purchase.
Each angler’s dream is fishing in a pristine river or stream, but at what cost to anglers, taxpayers, all of us who don’t fish and all of us who will never fish?
The Quest for the Golden Trout author Prof. Douglas Thompson gives us more than a history of this particular trout….which in fact is not native to America. His book is a picture of this country’s big, complex and often confusing attempts to manage and restore rivers and streams - for trout and trout anglers-- since the mid 1800’s and into 2012.
Federal and state agencies give a small group of anglers the opportunity to catch a fish and have invested billions of taxpayer’s dollars in river/stream restoration projects. These projects are often mismanaged, causing trout population to dwindle. Fish stocking programs are multimillion dollar projects from the East Coast to the West, but how many anglers are actually catching hatchery produced trout over and over again? Anglers “throw back” their caught fish traditionally -- so aren’t anglers just re-catching the same trout time after time?
Join the conversation with Prof. Thompson in our program room beginning at 2 pm.
This program is free and open to the public.