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DEC Fish Hatchery System Update

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The goal of the New York’s fish culture program is to operate a modern, efficient system of fish hatcheries and annually produce and stock a variety of disease-free fish. In 2018, DEC raised and stocked 853,000 pounds of fish from the state’s 12 fish hatcheries into approximately 1,200 waters. The number and species of fish stocked in 2018 are listed in the table below. In addition to various sportfish species, DEC raised and stocked lake sturgeon and round whitefish in 2018. These rare species are native to New York State, and an effort is currently underway to restore them to their historic range. Funding made available through Governor Cuomo’s NY Works program enabled the following infrastructure projects at our hatcheries:

  • A new alarm system was installed at the Adirondack Hatchery. This system will provide the hatchery with on-site and remote monitoring of water flows, water temperatures, oxygen levels, and power and backup generator status. If any of these parameters fall below specified thresholds alarms will be sent to employees via email, text message, and autodialing systems.
  • Multiple repairs were made to several hatchery managers’ residences and a new hatchery residence was constructed at the Adirondack Hatchery. Managers live on-site to provide security and emergency response, and many of the residences have needed rehabilitation or, in some cases, complete replacement.
  • A new stationary emergency generator was purchased and installed at the Catskill Hatchery’s manager’s residence. Catskill Hatchery is in a remote area and is prone to periodic power outages.
  • A new feed and storage building was constructed at the Bath Hatchery. The construction of the building also included a new loading dock that will be used for fish food deliveries. Fish food can now be delivered and unloaded on pallets which will be more efficient than unloading the feed bags by hand.
  • A major rehabilitation of the production ponds at the Catskill Hatchery was completed. This entailed pouring new concrete bottoms and pond walls on many of the ponds that had become cracked and were leaking.
  • Paving of roadways and visitor parking areas were completed at Bath, Rome and South Otselic Hatcheries. Existing pavement had become cracked and contained many potholes. The new pavement will make it safer and easier for visitors and employees when traversing the many roadways and parking areas at the three hatcheries.
  • Dredging of Scriba Creek above the water intake for the Oneida hatchery was completed. Silt, mud, and debris had accumulated over the years surrounding the water intake, reducing water flow to the hatchery and leading to siltation in hatchery rearing units during high water events. The area above the intake is now clear of all debris and will provide adequate amounts of silt free water for years to come.
  • At the Caledonia Hatchery, phase I of a large, multi-faceted infrastructure project was completed. New pipelines and valves were installed to improve water and waste flow from the main hatchery building. New walkways were installed around many of the production ponds and a new two-car garage was built at the manager’s residence. Paving was completed on the visitor parking area and other roadways throughout the hatchery. Restoration of the historic main hatchery building will take place in phase 2.

Annual Stocking Report By Species (January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018)

Species

Less Than 1″

1″ – 4.24″

4.25″ – 5.74″

5.75″ – 6.74″

6.75″ – 7.74″

7.75″ Plus

Total

Number

Weight
(lbs.)

Number

Weight
(lbs.)

Number

Weight
(lbs.)

Number

Weight
(lbs.)

Number

Weight
(lbs.)

Number

Weight
(lbs.)

Number

Weight
(lbs.)

Coldwater

Brook Trout

86,385

1,954

174,880

7,149

15,400

40

5,050

347

202,512

47,575

484,227

57,065

Brown Trout

390

58,900

3,955

1,900

193

232,110

39,714

1,622,190

470,347

1,915,490

514,209

Rainbow Trout

870

77,160

1,574

19,485

1,149

104,510

10,090

10,725

341,850

88,034

554,600

100,847

Steelhead

42,420

1,061

779,080

31,153

10,380

850

831,880

33,064

Lake Trout

260,660

16,263

360,275

32,810

59,900

9,830

680,835

58,903

Splake

2,200

168

21,970

4,637

24,170

4,805

Landlocked Salmon

165,000

66

56,220

2,865

65,890

5,180

253,009

31,494

6,590

5,893

546,709

45,498

Coho

158,030

9,827

158,030

9,827

Chinook

1,287,230

15,263

1,287,230

15,263

Cold Water Total

1,260

1,816,225

29,745

1,088,565

46,271

460,940

32,784

861,169

104,365

2,255,012

626,316

6,483,171

839,481

Warmwater

Walleye

248,235,195

2,010

695,986

967

248,931,181

2,977

Muskellunge

457,000

17

17,250

1,550

474,250

1,567

Tiger Muskellunge

64,183

7,932

64,183

7,932

Panfish

500

250

500

250

Sauger

480,000

8

1,100

2

481,100

10

Warm Water Total

249,172,195

2,035

697,086

969

81,933

9,732

249,951,214

12,736

Rare/ Threatened/ Endangered

Lake Sturgeon

4,500

233

3,500

94

5,755

298

13,755

625

Round Whitefish

183

10

272

14

455

24

RTE Total

4,683

243

3,500

94

272

14

5,755

298

14,210

649

Grand Total

249,178,138

2,278

2,513,311

30,714

1,092,065

46,365

461,212

32,798

866,924

104,663

2,336,945

636,048

256,448,595

852,866