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State Fisheries Breeding and Management Programs


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One of our schools participates in a Cooperative Nursery Program with the State of Vermont, raising a tank of fry, with a chiller. I decided to research the state breeding programs, and found out some interesting stuff.

They have five hatcheries, referred to as Fish Culture Stations, and produce approximately 100,000 fish, weighing a total of 6000 lbs. The oldest is from 1891, another from 1916, and then 1931.

This is what they produce to stock in Lake Champlain, and the inland waters:

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Lake Trout, Landlocked Atlantic Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Steelhead Trout

I'm sure most states and provinces have facilities like these, but I never thought of them as destinations before. When visitation options resume, I hope to make a few road trips to see these facilities. I think it would be awesome to see how they do it.

I'm now researching the Fish Management Programs and found a couple of cool items:


That page highlights a nice list of key features of a healthy river for trout: diverse, complex, messy, connected, and the right temperature.

Wood is Good for Brook Trout - Prepared by Jud Kratzer, Fisheries Biologist - 12/28/2018

That is a very good report into the importance of wood in riparian ecosystems.

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It’s also been an Aquarist Podcast episode 


Listen to Ep. 48 - Cheri Tenaglia on Trout in the Classroom and Showing Fancy Guppies, an episode of The Aquarist Podcast, easily on Podbay - the best podcast player on the web.


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