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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 2016, 933,272 lbs. of fish were raised and stocked from the state’s 12 fish hatcheries into approximately 1,200 waters. The number and species of fish stocked in 2016 can be found in the table below. In addition to various sportfish species, DEC raises and stocks lake sturgeon, paddlefish, round whitefish, and northern sunfish. These rare species were once native to New York State, and an effort is currently underway to restore them to their native range.

Various hatchery infrastructure projects funded by Governor Cuomo’s NY Works program were undertaken in 2016. Highlights include:

  • Rehabilitation of an existing deep water well at Bath hatchery which resulted in improved water pumping capacity and the ability to provide cooler water temperatures during warm weather periods.
  • Purchase of two 3,000- gallon fish sludge trucks to replace two older models. The trucks are used to remove fish waste from hatchery facilities.
  • Installation of a single outflow piping system for water discharge at Caledonia Hatchery.
  • Rehabilitation and multiple repairs to various hatchery manager’s residences.
  • Rehabilitation of three deep water wells at Adirondack Hatchery. The wells now produce greater quantities of water for the raising of landlocked Atlantic salmon.
  • Significant improvements were made at the Salmon River Hatchery’s Visitor Center including a new ceramic tile floor, new interpretive signs and photos, improved fish displays, brighter lighting, and a new staffed visitor information area. Improvements to the exterior of the main hatchery building included pressure washing the buildings outside cement walls, new signage throughout the grounds, observation deck improvements, and stabilization of the fish ladder.
  • Purchase of four new flat- bed trucks which will be used for stocking fish and snowplowing. The trucks replaced older models that had become inefficient to operate.

Annual Stocking Report By Species
(January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016)

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

299,665

5,439

239,050

9,692

3,100

277

183,882

35,032

725,697

50,440

Brown Trout

61,690

2,330

130,350

6,480

44,870

3,784

53,100

8,911

1,914,165

534,540

2,204,175

556,045

Rainbow Trout

99,970

1,340

500

30

77,620

7,199

16,000

2,768

434,190

112,652

628,280

123,989

Steelhead

183,700

2,101

948,100

39,434

33,500

2,528

1,165,300

44,063

Lake Trout

5,580

112

27,000

803

439,410

29,638

132,770

11,126

74,900

13,653

679,660

55,332

Splake

26,010

6,048

26,010

6,048

Landlocked Salmon

126,276

377

143,697

12,025

206,168

25,881

18,370

3,830

494,511

42,113

Coho

92,730

1,159

157,640

6,601

99,150

11,017

349,520

18,777

Chinook

1,882,500

21,138

1,882,500

21,138

Coldwater Total

2,752,111

33,996

1,502,640

63,040

841,347

66,468

408,038

48,686

2,651,517

705,755

8,155,653

917,945

Warmwater

Walleye

161,352,540

1,305

293,170

245

161,645,710

1,550

Muskellunge

377,800

14

25,570

2,268

403,370

2,282

Tiger Muskellunge

400

68,330

11,039

68,730

11,039

Panfish

1,000

200

1,000

200

Sauger

250,000

5

3,260

3

253,260

8

Warmwater Total

161,980,740

1,324

296,430

248

94,900

13,507

162,372,070

15,079

Rare/Threatened/Endangered

Lake Sturgeon

4,675

152

4,675

152

Round Whitefish

15,488

4

1,873

92

17,361

96

R/T/E Total

15,488

4

1,873

92

4,675

152

22,036

248

Grand Total

161,996,228

1,328

3,048,541

34,244

1,504,513

63,132

846,022

66,620

408,038

48,686

2,746,417

719,262

170,549,759

933,272