IMG_6420As part of our efforts to restore and enhance eastern brook trout habitat within Kinsey Run and document baseline conditions, two single pass electrofishing surveys were completed with Mike Isel with the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries on October 15th, 2015.  Two 100-meter reaches located upstream and downstream of the existing fish blockage were surveyed using a backpack electrofisher with the assistance of Kyle Ashmun and Jon Roller of Ecosystem Services.  Both fish biodiversity and biomass data were collected and will be used as baseline data to compare with post restoration monitoring data and also to help develop management or restoration goals and plans.

Another survey is scheduled for late spring of 2016 and will include a survey of the upstream forested reaches located within the George Washington National Forest Wildlife Management Area where known self-sustaining brook trout populations exist.  These data are critical for determining solutions for improving fish habitat.

-Kyle