The World of Trout 1st International Congress
The first ever International Trout Congress will be held in Bozeman, Montana, October 2-6, 2016. The purpose of the Congress is twofold:
- To celebrate a fish that has inspired such a passionate following of artists, writers, anglers, scientists, and the public.
- To establish a Congress that will bring together conservationists from around the world to build a worldwide trout conservation network.
Organizations all over the world work locally or nationally to advocate for trout and coldwater habitat conservation. However, there are hundreds if not thousands of threats to trout and coldwater habitat worldwide that get no attention and have no voice. While you may have heard of the threat of the Pebble Mine to salmon fisheries in Alaska, you may not know that there are over 500 large dam proposals that threaten native trout fisheries in the Balkans. Establishing a formal trout conservation network through an initial Congress will be the first step in establishing a conservation group with all members at the table. This group can be used as an important voice in the effort to focus on conservation issues across the globe. Now is the time to explore opportunities for international linkages and cooperation in the shared goal of protecting and conserving the world’s trout and their watersheds.
Bozeman, Montana is located in proximity to some of the most beloved trout streams in the world. This event will bring together a diverse audience that includes conservationists, scientists, educators, anglers, writers, artists and the public for an exchange of ideas and focused events that explore trout as a global barometer, resource for sustained regional economies, instrument of human culture, and a source of inspiration for generations.
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