Tennessee Aquarium Assists in Restoring State's Only Native Trout
The Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute in Chattanooga has successfully completed its first round of captive breeding techniques with the Southern Appalachian Brook Trout. Once abundant in the mountain headwaters of East Tennessee, SABT are down to just three percent of their historical range today after logging activities wiped out large portions of the habitat for this fish. TNACI biologists collected 50 brood fish from Hampton Creek, located in Carter County, TN, in October 2012. These adults were brought back to the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga. Fertile eggs began developing in late October of 2012 and by the end of November baby trout began hatching marking the first time this species had been successfully reared in a closed-circulation system. On Thursday, August 29th, TNACI biologists returned to Hampton Creek to release 255 juvenile trout with TWRA.
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