For Immediate Release - April 17, 2012

Governor Patrick Celebrates Annual Trout Stocking at Jamaica Pond

MEDIA ADVISORY

WHAT:

On Wednesday, April 18, 2012, Governor Deval Patrick will join Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Richard K. Sullivan Jr. and other environmental officials, elected officials and local students to kick off the spring fishing season by releasing 1150 trout – including rainbow, brook, brown, and tiger trout – and 10 broodstock salmon into Jamaica Pond in Jamaica Plain. This stocking event is part of an annual program that distributes various species of trout to 500 bodies of water throughout the Commonwealth. This year, the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) will release more than 522,000 trout produced at state-operated hatcheries in Belchertown and Sandwich. The 60-foot deep pond, the largest body of freshwater in Boston, is also home to snapping turtles, crayfish, eels and clams.

WHO:

Governor Deval Patrick
EEA Secretary Sullivan
Department of Conservation and Recreation Commissioner Edward Lambert Jr.
Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz
Boston Energy and Environmental Services Chief James Hunt
Boston City Councilor Matt O’Malley
MassWildlife Chief Fish Culturist Ken Simmons
Scouts from Boy Scout Troop 1837 Athol/Orange Elks
Students from the Friends of the Children-Boston, Jamaica Plain
Students from the West Roxbury YMCA

WHEN:

Wednesday       April 18, 2011       Time: 10:30 a.m.

WHERE:

Jamaica Pond, Jamaica Plain, Boston (Parking on Eliot Street)