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 Post subject: National Fish Hatcheries could be closing: your thoughts
PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2011 8:57 am 
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Brook Trout

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Have you all heard about this? Looks like hatcheries in four SE US states could be closed due to $$ problems if public opinion is not swayed. What do you all think about this potential development?

Here's a link to an on-line petition that you can easily (less than two minutes) add your name to if you want to be part of the voice that is trying to intervene and prevent the closings:

http://www.fffsec.org/breakingnewd11.html

It also has links to state congressmen for ease of contacting if so moved.


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 Post subject: Re: National Fish Hatcheries could be closing: your thoughts
PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2011 3:24 pm 
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I heard that they already closed the one in Erwin. And BTW that hatchery supplied most of the fish to North Carolina's delayed harvest streams.

Not Good !!

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 Post subject: Re: National Fish Hatcheries could be closing: your thoughts
PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2011 5:09 pm 
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This subject came up on the rod building forum. The decision to close fish hatcheries wasn't because they had to trim their budget, the budget is actually increased, it was because they wanted to spend the money elsewhere. This is what your fishing tackle and marine fuel excise taxes go to pay for.

Here is a site that is opposing this move. It may provide a bit more insight on the problem. http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/save-N ... actheries/

TU is also weighing in on this. As a FFF board member, I was sent a fact sheet that purports to show that every dollar spent on the Erwin Fish Hatchery generates about $67 is economic activity. If I can figure out how to upload or link a .pdf, I'll post it.

The thing is, this appears to be a policy decision, to de-emphasize the hatchery program in favor of building up other other programs. People who live in states that do not have trout fishing feel this readjustment of priorities is long overdue, after all, bass fishing generates far more fishing tackle sales (and excise taxes) than trout fishing does. On the other hand, states like NC, VA and TN may be forced to make major changes in their cold water fisheries programs.


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 Post subject: Re: National Fish Hatcheries could be closing: your thoughts
PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2011 5:36 pm 
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I signed the petition phg linked to.

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 Post subject: Re: National Fish Hatcheries could be closing: your thoughts
PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2011 7:12 am 
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Forgive me for not having much knowledge on the subject, but do western tailwaters and streams get stocked much? If so, where do the eggs originate? From state- or private-run hatcheries?


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