AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine is searching for anglers to survey the state’s ponds and coastal streams for wild brook trout.

Maine Audubon, Trout Unlimited and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife are looking for volunteers to identify populations of the fish in coastal streams and remote ponds that have never been surveyed by biologists.

Maine Audubon said the state is home to the vast majority of the intact lake and pond habitat of wild brook trout in the eastern U.S. It said identifying the areas where the fish live will help the state as it develops conservation and management strategies over the next several decades.

The groups are looking for anglers to survey more than 300 ponds and coastal streams from Kennebec to Lubec before Sept. 30.

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