Governor Patrick Celebrates Annual Fish Stocking at Jamaica Pond
BOSTON – Thursday, April 25, 2013 – Governor Deval Patrick today joined Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Rick Sullivan, Department of Fish and Game (DFG) Commissioner Mary Griffin, state and local officials, along with school children, to usher in the spring fishing season by releasing 1,250 state hatchery-raised trout into Jamaica Pond in Jamaica Plain.
The event is part of an annual effort to stock the 500 Massachusetts waterways with fish produced at hatcheries operated by Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife), a division of DFG.
Students and teachers from the Dorchester Youth Alternative School and the John F. Kennedy Elementary School assisted officials in stocking the pond with 1,000 rainbow trout, 100 brook trout and 100 brown trout. Also added were 50 tiger trout.
“Our annual trout stocking at Jamaica Pond signals the beginning of the spring fishing season,” said Secretary Sullivan. “With warmer weather approaching, there has never been a better time to get outside and cast a reel at one of the many waterways across Massachusetts.”
This spring, MassWildlife’s stocking program, supported by revenue from state fishing licenses, plans to release more than 510,000 trout – raised at state hatcheries in Sandwich, Belchertown, Sunderland and Montague – in rivers, ponds and streams across the Commonwealth.
“This event is a great educational opportunity for the school kids and it highlights the fantastic fishing opportunities throughout Massachusetts,” DFG Commissioner Griffin said. “We hope this encourages young people and adults to get out and enjoy outdoor activities this spring, including fishing, hunting, hiking and wildlife viewing."
A natural pond believed to be tens of thousands of years old, Jamaica Pond is 60 feet deep and home to fish such as largemouth bass, yellow perch and chain pickerel, as well as snapping turtles, crayfish, eels and freshwater clams. The pond is a property of the City of Boston and is surrounded by parklands managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.
MassWildlife publishes weekly reports on their web site each Friday detailing where fish were stocked in various ponds, lakes and rivers around the Commonwealth. Trout stocking began in mid-March.
DFG is responsible for promoting the conservation and enjoyment of the Commonwealth's natural resources. DFG carries out this mission through land protection and wildlife habitat management, management of inland and marine fish and wildlife species, and ecological restoration of fresh water, salt water, and terrestrial habitats. DFG promotes enjoyment of the Massachusetts environment through outdoor skills workshops, fishing festivals and other educational programs, and by enhancing access to the Commonwealth's rivers, lakes, and coastal waters.