The Tennessee Aquarium’s a new facility on the riverfront on the Baylor campus is nearing completion. The 14,000 square foot freshwater science center, the only one in the Southeast. The Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute will operate the biological field station which will hold research labs, a teaching lab for local students and the equipment for reintroduction programs. In the past the Tennessee Aquarium has devoted considerable resources and effort to preserve and enhance native brook trout. This facility will be a real shot in the arm for brook trout in the Southern Highlands.
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The Tennessee Valley Fly Fishers will hold an "Adopt a Stream" Clean-up at Aldridge Creek, which runs through South Huntsville, Saturday, Aug. 20. The clear-water creek runs beside Bailey Cove Road for much of its length before feeding into the Tennessee River at Ditto Landing. As a conservation activity, TVFF adopted a segment of this stream in 2013. The focus of this stream adoption program is to assign segments of Aldridge Creek to local affiliates for the purpose of them maintaining the overall condition, appearance and fish-ability of the creek.
The city will provide cleaning supplies including trash bags, can catchers and gloves. In addition, they will erect signs showing who has adopted each individual section of the creek. TVFF will provide lunch, beverages and fixings for all attending and assisting in the clean-up. Those interested in supporting this conservation activity should contact Larry Hice (256-508-2344 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or Joe Tremblay (256-348-2172 or email@example.com).
Tennessee has a new state record rainbow trout caught by 15-year-old Benton resident John Morgan in Polk County on Friday, June 17. The fish weighed 18 pounds and 8 ounces, measuring 32 inches long and 22 and one-fourth inches in girth. The catch surpasses the previous record for a rainbow trout in Tennessee of 16 pounds, 15 ounces which was set in 2002 by Ronnie Rowland at Ft. Patrick Henry Reservoir. Morgan caught the record fish in a farm pond owned by his grandfather's friend. He had agreed to help remove a snapping turtle from the pond and was invited to bring a fishing pole along. Morgan didn’t know that this favor would lead to a new state record. After 45 minutes, Morgan had fished a little, caught the turtle and decided to fish for another 10 minutes before leaving. He cast again and after a 20 minute struggle, he had the fish on shore. A sophomore at Polk County High School, Morgan fishes several days a week, mostly in the Hiwassee River. “I just love being outside, hunting and fishing,” said Morgan. Morgan has already dropped the fish off at a taxidermist!