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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 2017, DEC raised and stocked 810,000 pounds of fish from the state’s 12 fish hatcheries into approximately 1,200 waters. The number and species of fish stocked in 2017 are listed in the table below. In addition to various sportfish species, DEC raised and stocked lake sturgeon and round whitefish in 2017. 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:

  • Multiple repairs were made to several hatchery managers’ residences. Managers live on-site to provide security and emergency response, and many of the residences needed rehabilitation.
  • The purchase of six, one-ton pick-up trucks which will be used for stocking fish and snowplowing. These trucks replaced older models that operated inefficiently.
  • Four new fish loading pumps were purchased and received at four different hatcheries. The new pumps will improve the loading of fish into the large six-tank stocking trucks, which will reduce the stress on the fish and make the loading process faster and more efficient.
  • A new emergency generator was purchased and installed at the Salmon River Hatchery. It will help keep the fish safe when there are power outages by keeping the water flowing and oxygen levels adequate for fish survival.
  • Predator enclosures were built over all of the Bath Hatchery’s outdoor ponds so that birds and mammals cannot feed on the fish. It is anticipated that large numbers of fish will be saved from predation and fish food costs will be reduced.
  • A new energy-efficient heating system was installed at the Salmon River Hatchery. With the new insulation, added when the roof was replaced two years ago, and the new overhead garage doors that were installed this past year, it is expected to save thousands of dollars in energy costs annually.
  • Feed barn repairs were completed at Rome Hatchery. New structural steel beams were installed where needed, and new metal siding, roofing, an exterior access door, and overhead doors were installed. The improvements will provide a safe location for fish food, secure from the elements and rodents.
  • Improvements to the hatch house at the Van Hornesville Hatchery were completed. The improvements included a new cement stairway, hand railings, and a new exterior steel door. A roof extension covering the outdoor stairway was also installed to enhance employee safety.

Annual Stocking Report By Species (January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2017)

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

154,738

3,887

247,400

12,266

15,700

1,515

14,950

188,944

42,429

621,732

60,097

Brown Trout

61,300

3,846

8,300

316

253,560

36,805

1,493,046

429,281

1,816,206

470,248

Rainbow Trout

40,500

423

3,000

212

50,700

4,361

446,603

111,012

540,803

116,008

Steelhead

473,250

8,332

551,930

20,887

10,600

816

1,035,780

30,035

Lake Trout

15,000

36

6,550

485

301,250

19,124

112,576

10,880

59,900

10,596

495,276

41,121

Splake

7,200

439

16,030

4,179

23,230

4,618

Landlocked Salmon

50,000

5,394

469,961

752

2,614

244,995

24,303

89,372

10,582

3,349

2,015

860,291

43,046

Coho

232,020

10,976

232,020

10,976

Chinook

1,350,380

16,373

1,350,380

16,373

Cold Water Total

50,000

5,394

2,735,849

40,779

879,994

38,135

631,545

50,435

470,458

58,267

2,207,872

599,512

6,975,718

792,522

Warmwater

Walleye

232,287,000

1,880

558,528

590

232,845,528

2,470

Muskellunge

497,000

18

4,000

3

26,410

2,225

527,410

2,246

Tiger Muskellunge

68,875

9,698

68,875

9,698

Panfish

500

250

500

250

Sauger

1,580

1

1,580

1

Warm Water Total

232,784,000

1,898

564,108

594

95,785

12,173

233,443,893

14,665

Rare/Threatened/Endangered

Lake Sturgeon

2,697

34

3,319

53

6,680

369

12,696

456

Round Whitefish

13,450

3

3,050

2

4,449

208

20,949

213

RTE Total

16,147

37

3,050

2

3,319

53

4,449

208

6,680

369

33,645

669

Grand Total

232,850,147

7,329

3,303,007

41,375

883,313

38,188

635,994

50,643

477,138

58,636

2,303,657

611,685

240,453,256

807,856