With genetic analyses mostly complete, it was time to step back and look at the big picture of what the data were telling us. And, what it said was that there might be considerable stocking influence in some populations. So, we need to first figure out which hatcheries are stocking in Loyalsock Creek, sample those fish, and then re-run analyses to see how much hatchery stocks influence natural populations. So, road block..at least for now.
This discussion made me realize another page on this website could use a little updating. Specifically, under the "Research" tab, I have information that answers some important questions that often come up in discussions with anglers and citizens about trout and fish management. So, this week I added to that list and answered the question "how do hatcheries influence brook trout?" Click HERE to go to that page.