The Sea Run Brook Trout Coalition was founded by Michael Hopper, Warren Winders, Steve Angers and Geoffrey Day in 2009.
Through numerous meetings stream-side, TU Work Days, and meetings at BearAir (Steve Angers’ company), the founders came to agree to form a 501-c-3 corporation to extend work that each member had been doing for years through volunteer work in other organizations. Many additional meetings led to discussions with professionals which eventually led to building our Scientific Advisory Board.
Most of these discussions began streamside with Steve Hurley, Southeastern District Manager, Mass Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. Many discussions led to various experts leading projects on fisheries conservation work, typically at agencies and universities nearby. Discussions typically were during stream surveying / electrofishing / PIT Tagging projects with plenty of Southeastern MA TU members contributing. Read more about research projects on our bibliography or newsletter pages.
Warren Winders has by far more experience than anyone when it comes to sea-run brook trout habitat restoration. Warren has worked for over 20 years on Red Brook as the Red Brook Coordinator for the TU Southeastern MA Chapter. Warren also writes for numerous outdoor publications and newsletters.
Michael Hopper learned of Red Brook and Warren’s work through TU and they’ve spent a lot of time in the field together. Michael has been building a library of original literature about fish and fishing in America.
Geoffrey Day has worked with Michael and Warren assisting on business, science and technological issues, starting with volunteering on an electrofishing survey on the Quashnet River back in 1981.
Steve Angers provided significant help in creating our organizational bylaws. Steve also worked with SE MA TU and the MA RI TU Council as National Leadership Representative supporting sea-run brook trout habitat restoration on Red Brook and other streams in Southeastern Massachusetts. In 2015, Steve purchased the North Country Angler in North Conway NH and SRBTC wishes him the best of luck!
Board of Directors
Michael Hopper, President (2009 – 2016)
Geoffrey Day, Executive Director
Warren Winders, Director
Dwayne Shaw, Liaison with Downeast Salmon Federation, Maine
East Machias, ME
Ron Merly, Liason with Trout Unlimited CT
Watershed Coordinators: Doug Swesty, Long Island Watershed Coordinator
East Setauket, NY
Prudy Burt, Marthas Vineyard MA
West Tisbury, MA
Scientific Advisory Board
Tim Purington, Mass Dept of Ecological Restoration
Andy J. Danylchuk, Department of Environmental Conservation, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA
Benjamin Letcher, Conte Anadromous Fish Research Center, U.S. Geological Survey, Turners Falls, MA
Andrew Whiteley, Department of Environmental Conservation, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA
Steve Hurley, Mass Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, Buzzards Bay, MA
Brendan Annette, Save Buzzards Bay Coalition