Southern Appalachian Brook Trout
About This Animal
SIZE: Northern strain can grow up to 31 inches and 14.5 lbs. Southern Appalachian Brook Trout are much smaller, exceeding 12 inches
RANGE: Small streams in the Appalachian Mountains from southern Virginia to northern Georgia
HABITAT: Small mountain streams with pools, riffles and tree cover
LIFESPAN: Up to 10 years
ON EXHIBIT: Cove Forest in River Journey
About this Animal: The Brook Trout is the only native trout in the southeastern U.S. The Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute (TNACI) is working with a group of partners to propagate and reintroduce Southern Appalachian Brook Trout into their native range. They are known for the white line on the front of their red bottom fin.
Threats: Habitat destruction, fragmentation, invasive species
Our Impact: In 2012-13 TNACI successfully spawned, raised, and released 255 trout using a recurculating aquaculture system (RAS). This was the first time Southern Appalachian Brook Trout were raised in this manner. We anticipate a long-term program with our partners to establish the best propagation practices for this species, monitor conservation needs of wild populations, and address research needs to increase our knowledge of the species.
Conservation status: Southern Appalachian Brook Trout are currently found in only 13% of their historical range in Tennessee, but angling is allowed in all states.