Gov. Peter Shumlin and officials from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department declared August 6 “Hatchery Day” to recognize the role of fish hatcheries toward benefiting Vermont’s environment and outdoor recreationalists.
Shumlin called fish hatcheries “a symbol of Vermont’s commitment to our natural resources, a tremendous tool for educating the public about the environment, and a significant part of the state’s history.”
The public is invited to attend open houses at all five of the state’s fish hatcheries on Saturday, Aug. 6, beginning at 9 a.m.
These locations include the Ed Weed Fish Culture Station in Grand Isle; Roxbury Fish Culture Station in Roxbury; Ball Hill Fish Culture Station in Newark; Salisbury Fish Culture Station in Salisbury; and the Bennington Fish Culture Station in Bennington.
The day will also also commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Bennington Fish Culture Station and the 125th anniversary of the Roxbury Fish Culture Station, a facility soon to be rebuilt following impacts from Tropical Storm Irene.
“Much has changed since the state’s first hatchery opened in 1891,” said Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter in a press release. “Hatchery staff work extremely hard, often around-the-clock, to ensure the hatcheries run efficiently and effectively and meet these overarching objectives.”
Each year Vermont’s hatcheries produce approximately 1.5 million fish for stocking, including a range of species such as brook, brown, rainbow, lake and steelhead trout, as well as walleye and landlocked Atlantic salmon.
Along with their role in fisheries restoration, stocked fish also serve as an economic driver for the state, accounting for roughly $31.6 million annually in angler expenditures added to Vermont’s economy.
To learn more about Hatchery Day in Vermont, Vermont’s fisheries programs, fishing regulations or to purchase a fishing license, visit www.vtfishandwildlife.com.