Vineyard Mill Pond Might Support Sea Run Trout
February 10, 2012
Martha’s Vineyard Times: On Saturday [February 4], a roomful of people listened to Michael Hopper, president of the Sea Run Brook Trout Coalition, describe a vision of West Tisbury’s Mill Pond quite different from the dredge-maintained impoundment the town’s Mill Pond committee is currently exploring.
That alternative is a free-flowing stream unimpeded by dams and returned to its natural state and capable of supporting healthy populations of native species. The stream feeding the Mill Pond did just that when Dr. Jerome Smith, author of The Natural History of the Fish of Massachusetts, visited the brook in the early 1820s and saw more sea run brook trout spawning there than anywhere else in the state.