|HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) has launched a new web page which lists streams that have been sampled by the PFBC and cooperating partners as part of its statewide initiative to document waterways supporting naturally reproducing wild trout.
“The wild trout designation is a biological classification which indicates that a stream is producing and sustaining a natural trout population,” said Dave Miko, chief of the PFBC’s Division of Fisheries Management. “It’s important because streams with this designation, and their associated wetlands, are entitled to greater regulatory protection.”
The new web page is located at: http://fishandboat.com/wild-trout-designations-step1.htm.
The streams on the list have been sampled by the PFBC and cooperating partners as part of an effort to collect baseline biological information from previously un-surveyed streams. Preliminary results from the surveys indicate that the streams on the list may be eligible for consideration as wild trout waters. They may also support wild trout populations sufficient to designate a stream section as a Class A wild trout stream.
“The appearance on this list does not guarantee that a stream will be brought before the Commission for official listing as a wild trout stream or a Class A wild trout stream,” Miko said. “It simply means the stream is under consideration until the preliminary data can be verified.”
Before a stream is officially presented to the PFBC board of commissioners for consideration, the public will have 30 days to provide comments. The comment period will begin at least 60 days before the PFBC takes action at a quarterly meeting. The comment period begins when the proposed stream designation is listed in the Pennsylvania Bulletin. Individuals interested in making a public comment on any of the waters on this list should review the Pennsylvania Bulletin on a regular basis to determine if and when a particular stream is being considered for action or visit the PFBC’s Proposed & Recent Regulations page, which lists all PFBC notices.
The new web page contains three lists – streams being considered; streams officially proposed for listing; and streams officially listed as wild trout waters.