ASSEMBLY, No. 2608 STATE OF NEW JERSEY Pre-filed for Introduction in the 1990 Session By Assemblymen SCHLUTER and KAMIN AN ACT designating the brook trout as the New Jersey State Fish. WHEREAS, The brook trout received its name from the Pilgrims and has delighted outdoorsmen since colonial days with its vibrant colors and fighting form; and WHEREAS, This fine species of fish inspired the Reverend Myron Reed, a noted angler of his day, to praise it as "...the gold sprinkled living arrow of the white water; able to zig-zag up the cataract; able to loiter in the rapids; whose dainty meat is the glancing butter fly"; and WHEREAS, Naturally occurring populations of brook trout are found in the northwest part of the State and in the Pinelands; and WHEREAS, Over 200,000 brook trout are raised each year at the Pequest Trout Hatchery as part of the State's trout stocking program; and WHEREAS, The brook trout is highly sensitive to changes in its natural habitat and is therefore, a good indicator of environmental quality; and WHEREAS, Because of a reduction in the number of brook trout in the wild due to destruction of its habitat by human development, the State has designated the brook trout a threatened species; and WHEREAS, Public support for protecting the brook trout's habitat would contribute to the preservation of New Jersey's wilderness areas, it is fitting that the brook trout be accorded special recognition. BE IT ENACTED by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey: 1. The brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) is designated as the New Jersey State Fish. 2. This act shall take effect immediately. STATEMENT This bill designates the brook trout as the New Jersey State Fish. Naturally occurring populations of brook trout are found in several parts of the State and annually thousands of hatchery-raised brook trout are placed in streams and rivers throughout the State as part of the State's stocking program. This species of fish deserves special recognition because of the pleasure it continues to bring to sport fishermen and because promoting public support for protecting the habitat of the brook trout, which is highly sensitive to environmental changes, will serve to preserve and protect the State's wilderness areas. STATE GOVERNMENT Designates the brook trout as the State fish.