The Friends are proud of the support from the foundations whose links appear below. The capacity building grants they have awarded us will greatly help in strengthening our organization for the benefit of Connetquot River State Park Preserve:
This update comes via Richard "Doc" Steinberger: The rainbow trout fingerlings have been transferred from the hatchery building troughs to the outdoor ponds, and are doing well, having passed all the disease testing with flying colors. They are about 4-inches long now. The next step is to feed them in captivity until they reach about 12 inches+, at which point they'll be ready to be stocked in the stream periodically. If all goes to plan, brown trout and brook trout will follow this fall and winter.
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With funds from the New York State Dormitory Authority, through a grant from Assemblywoman Ginny Fields, the Environmental Protection Fund Municipal Grants program, and supporters like you, we are happy that the cooperative efforts of the New York State Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation and the Friends of Connetquot have finally succeeded in updating the water supply of the historic trout hatchery at Connetquot River State Park Preserve. The hatchery is back in operation and using disease-free water to incubate disease-free trout eggs and to raise fry to fingerling-size before going out to the regular holding ponds. We have begun with rainbow trout and expect to acquire brown and brook trout eggs in the fall, and repeat this annually. To grow from hatching to stocking-sized, trout takes anywhere from 12 to 15 months. Meanwhile, NYS Parks will continue to acquire fish from outside hatcheries to keep the lower river populated with fish for anglers’ enjoyment until our own trout production is sufficient both for the Connetquot Preserve and to share with other New York State parks in Long Island.
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To get approval for re-starting hatchery operations, the Friends volunteered to partner with local fishing clubs and supportive donors to help defray the costs of trout eggs and food for at least the first year of full-scale production until revenue from anglers’ visits picks-up again. We have only just begun, and still face a long road ahead, so we need your continued support.
Friends of Connetquot | PO Box 472 | Oakdale, NY 11769 |