Hurdles exist before hatchery can sell fish to general public

ELIZABETHTOWN - Just because it has permission, does not mean Essex County will be in the fish business tomorrow.

County chairman Randy Douglas said the county still has to come into compliance in a number of areas before the Crown Point Fish Hatchery will be in a position to be able to sell fish.

"I spoke to the attorney from the DEC recently and there are some things that still need to be put into place," Douglas said during a recent regular meeting of the Essex County Board of Supervisors. "Once we get into compliance, then we will get ready to go through the next phase."

Douglas said the next step after compliance will be to get the deed restrictions removed from the fish hatchery property so it can be used for commercial use. However, the removal of the restrictions will not mean the hatchery would be selling fish the next day.

"When we get there, we will have to have other discussions," said Douglas.

"They have to understand that this is a process to change the deed," county manager Daniel Palmer said. "Whether or not we sell fish is a conversation that we are still going to have down the road."

Douglas added the county has received comments from local commercial fishermen concerned about the impact that a county hatchery sale would have on their business.

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