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County hatchery prepares for spring

Thousands of trout to be stocked throughout the county

Essex County Fish Hatchery workers in Crown Point look over a 3-year-old rainbow trout as they prepare for spring stocking.

Essex County Fish Hatchery workers in Crown Point look over a 3-year-old rainbow trout as they prepare for spring stocking. Photo by Seth Lang.

— The need for a hatchery comes from a variety of issues such as over fishing and habitat loss due to storm run off. Stocking these waters with trout augments the natural reproduction that occurs in streams.

“The importance of having a local hatchery is having a connection with local people,” LaMere said. “For decades people of all ages have come into our facility to learn about trout.”

Though there is still need for more funding for rehabbing the facility and basic upkeep, the hatchery has managed to get by over the years, spending what they can on their most pressing needs.

There have been rumblings over the years about the hatchery’s future, but not lately. LaMere said, lately, he hasn’t heard any discussion about the facility being closed, and said “that’s great for our area.”

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