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Media Contact for State Fish and Wildlife Officials Stock Trout in Jamaica Pond as Part of Earth Week Celebration
Craig Gilvarg, Press Secretary
Boston — In celebration of Earth Week in Massachusetts and to promote fishing and other aquatic education opportunities in environmental justice communities, Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Katie Theoharides joined Department of Fish and Game (DFG) Commissioner Ron Amidon, the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife), and City of Boston officials to stock approximately 300 brown trout at Jamaica Pond in Boston.
“MassWildlife stocks hundreds of thousands of trout at water bodies throughout the Commonwealth each year to provide residents and families with opportunities to get outside and enjoy nature and quality time,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides. “Providing access to outdoor recreational opportunities is especially important in urban areas, and I was pleased to join MassWidlife and City of Boston officials to stock Jamaica Pond with trout for residents and visitors to Boston to enjoy.”
The stocking of Jamaica Pond is part of a recreational fishing effort that distributes brook, brown, rainbow, and tiger trout to more than 500 rivers, streams, lakes, and ponds throughout the Commonwealth each year. This spring, MassWildlife is releasing 500,000 trout grown at its five hatcheries in Belchertown, Montague, Palmer, Sandwich, and Sunderland. The fish for the Jamaica Pond stocking were grown at MassWildlife’s Bitzer Hatchery in Montague and consist of brown trout approximately 12-15" in length. Earlier in the spring, rainbow trout were stocked in Jamaica Pond.
“Stocking Jamaica Pond with trout is much appreciated by Boston area anglers looking for an enjoyable outdoor experience and a tasty meal,” said Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Ron Amidon. “The stocking program also supports Massachusetts’ economy, with more than $146 million in retail sales by freshwater anglers, 2,100 jobs directly attributable to freshwater fishing, and salaries, wages, and business earnings of more than $86.5 million.”
Nearly 90 environmental justice communities in the Commonwealth are stocked with trout, including 15 Gateway Cities. During the pandemic, online fishing clinics were developed and broadcast for the public. Pre-COVID, Learn to Fish festivals and programs for families, adults and municipal recreation programs were held throughout the state and in in 27 environmental justice communities. In addition, through the Teaching With Trout Program, students raise trout from eggs (pre-pandemic) in 33 schools.
Anglers can buy freshwater fishing licenses here. Fishing license and fishing equipment purchases support not only the trout stocking program, but also other fish and wildlife conservation efforts and education programs run by MassWildlife. Trout anglers are reminded that stocking schedules are updated daily on the agency website through the spring trout stocking season.
During this year’s Earth Week in Massachusetts, the Baker-Polito Administration is highlighting its commitment to supporting the Commonwealth’s Environmental Justice communities, and ensuring that all residents are protected from environmental pollution can enjoy a clean and healthy environment. During Earth Week, the Administration is holding events throughout the Commonwealth spotlighting important initiatives, including the expansion of tree planting through the Greening the Gateway Cities Program, increasing access to healthy, nutritious food by supporting urban farms, and ensuring clean water by providing grant funding to local municipalities.
On March 26, 2021, Governor Baker signed comprehensive climate change legislation that includes nation-leading provisions related to Environmental Justice. Recognizing the significant impact of climate change on Environmental Justice communities overburdened by poor air quality and disproportionately high levels of pollution, the legislation statutorily defines Environmental Justice and environmental burdens, including climate change as an environmental burden. The legislation also expands Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) review to require an Environmental Impact Report for all projects that impact air quality within one mile of an Environmental Justice Neighborhood, and requires the Department of Environmental Protection to conduct a stakeholder process to develop a cumulative impact analysis as a condition of permitting certain projects. This change would, for the first time, require the agency to evaluate not just individual project impacts but also historic environmental pollution throughout the community through the permit process.