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Fish Division

The Fish Division is responsible for the conservation and management of all fish and aquatic habitats throughout Vermont.

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Staff members are engaged in a wide variety of activities, including:

Fish Management

  • Monitoring populations of sport fish species, endangered species, and their habitats;
  • Cooperating in the research, management, and restoration of fish communities in the Lake Champlain, Lake Memphremagog, Hudson River, and Connecticut River Basins;
  • Monitoring fish health; regulating fish importation;
  • Preventing the spread of aquatic nuisance species;
  • Controlling sea lamprey in Lake Champlain;
  • Evaluating current and preparing new fishing harvest regulation recommendations for lake trout, brook trout, perch, northern pike, walleye, bass, and other species;
  • Participating in the protection of aquatic species and critical aquatic habitat through regulatory processes such as Act 250, Aquatic Organism Passage, and technical assistance; and
  • Preparing educational materials.

Fish Culture

  • Operating five state fish hatcheries that rear and stock trout, salmon, and walleye annually for recreational and restoration purposes.

Access Areas

  • Maintaining 170 developed fishing access areas, and a variety of riparian lands that provide public access to waters in Vermont for shore fishing opportunities and launching of water craft.

Staff Locator 
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Meet the Fisheries Staff 
Use this link to learn more about our fisheries staff or click on the individual's name.

Director of Fisheries: Eric Palmer
Environmental Assessment: Vacant
Facility and Lands Admin: Mike Wichrowski
Access Area Coordinator: Dylan Smith
Fisheries Program Managers: Maureen LynchMargaret Murphy
Fisheries Biologists: Courtney BuckleyPete Emerson, Austin GalinatShawn Good, Jud Kratzer, Bret LadagoBernie Pientka, Lee SimardLael Will 
Aquatic Habitat Biologist: William Eldridge
Habitat Protection Specialist: James Brady
Fish & Wildlife Specialists: Joel FlewellingDavid Gibson,​ Cooper Brochu, Levi BrownRyan Smith  
Program Technician II: Bailey Thibault