More great things happening here in Cheticamp for the CRSA. On June 14, 2017 I met with the Fraser Mills Fish Hatchery truck at the college DE L’Acadie in St. Joseph du monie. Prior to heading out many different watercourses in the area were chosen to be stocked and the hatchery had delivered 2,200 brook (speckled) trout.
We started off at Farm Brook, which runs past the Cheticamp Back Rd, and was stocked with an estimated 500-600 trout. The Second stream that was chosen was Fiset brook, which flows adjacent to Le Platain Rd where an additional 500-600 trout were released into the brook. We then decided to make some stops along the Cheticamp Back Rd to two different small ponds that I am told are frequently fished by younger local anglers. Approximately 150-200 trout were released in each of these ponds. Our last spot was Aucoin’s Brook, off Prairie Rd in Petit Étang where we realized the remining 700-750 brook trout.
These types of fish stocking are done annually twice a year. Once in the spring and again in the fall. These projects are important to supplement existing fish populations, or to create a population where none exists. Stocking also benefits the recreational fishing in our area, but can also be done to restore or increase a population of threatened or endangered fish. Overall it was a great day, the rainy weather held off till we were finished and we look forward to working with Fraser Mills Fish Hatchery again in the fall.