The Bureau of Natural Resources appreciates all the help it receives from volunteers each year. Typically, volunteers are from organized groups, but there are also some opportunities for individuals. Among the programs in which you may be able to participate:
Atlantic Salmon and Herring Restoration Programs
For groups: Contact Steve Gephard or Bruce Williams (Inland Fisheries Division) at 860-434-6043
CT Aquatic Resource Education Program (CARE)
For individuals: Volunteers are trained and certified to teach an introductory course in fishing. Training/Certification is offered once a year in February. Certified instructors must participate in one CARE event per year. Participation may include teaching or assisting the teaching of a 6 hour class in your hometown or helping out at a special event. A desire to pass on your angling knowledge and lots of enthusiasm for the sport are all we require to join the program. See Family Fishing: No Child Left Inside for more! Contact Tom Bourret or Justin Wiggins of the Inland Fisheries Division at 860-663-1656.
Volunteer Angler Survey — Saltwater Anglers
For Individuals: See Marine Angler Surveys for details. Contact Rod MacLeod (Marine Fisheries Division) at 860-434-6043.
Fisheries Advisory Council
The Fisheries Advisory Council (FAC) is a group of dedicated
citizens from all regions of the state working together for fish
and fishing in Connecticut. For more information about the FAC, please call 860-424-3474.
New and now available at the DEEP Store:
A Pictorial guide to Freshwater Fishes of Connecticut
This brand new 242-page guide to the fishes of Connecticut is the first to present multiple, high resolution, full-color photos of most New England and all Connecticut freshwater fish species. With detailed information for each species on identification, distribution, size, abundance, habits, how to observe and catch them, how to keep them in aquariums, and what’s unique about them, this easy to read book will appeal not only to anglers, nature lovers and teachers, but also to scientists and the general public alike.
Price does not include 6.35% CT sales tax and mail/phone order shipping/handling charges.
Softcover, 8×10 inches,
Thanks for your interest in the health of our fisheries resources!
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