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In a highly critical new book that challenges conventional thinking on trout fishing and trout fisheries management, a Connecticut College professor argues that trout hatcheries, river restoration projects and trout habitat enhancements on streams often do more environmental harm than good.
Moreover, Douglas M. Thompson, director of the Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment at the New London-based school, says that stocking hatchery trout and physically altering streams to drive up trout populations creates nothing more than the illusion of a healthy river.
“It is hard to know what is real anymore,” he said in a recent interview.