Shawn Crouse is the Principal Fisheries Biologist
Fisheries Management in the Raritan Watershed
Native Fishes Management
Rinehart Brook (Morris) - Brook Trout Restoration Project A Brook Trout restoration project was initiated on Rinehart Brook, a tributary to the Black River within Hacklebarney State Park in 2017. Prior to the project, non-native Brown Trout had become the dominant trout species, with the native Brook Trout residing in small numbers. The objectives of this study were: to determine if multiple depletion electrofishing could be an efficient manner to remove Brown Trout, to monitor potential rebound effects of the Brook and Brown Trout populations, to determine if natural boulder waterfalls prevent Brown Trout from recolonization, and ultimately restore Brook Trout.