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Old 02-21-2011, 12:31 AM
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Default Erwin Hatchery Closing?

The National Fish Hatchery in Erwin is reported to be one of the nine on the chopping block. The February 20 news story "Erwin Hatchery closing could have a huge economic impact" by Lizz Marrs aired on WJHL-TV this weekend.

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Old 02-21-2011, 10:03 AM
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There was a budget battle a couple of years ago over a state hatchery in northeast, TN a couple of years ago. I think that hatchery was cancelled, but I'm not sure. Seems like representatives in that area don't much care for trout hatcheries.
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Old 02-21-2011, 07:03 PM
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You're right, Silvercreek. It had to do with a new facility near Elizabethton. Seems no one, including the public, thought highly of that spending.

I found a more informative article in the Johnson City Press on the possibly of closing the Erwin and eight other hatcheries in the country and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s reasoning. The closings may not happen, but if so, in addition to the concern over economic impact, I am wondering if the lack of trout in the tailwaters and lower sections of southern Appalachian streams might lead to dangerous pressure on the wild trout streams higher up. Anglers, myself included, tend to follow our passion. As you say,..."Here fishy fishy."

I shouldn't get too far ahead of the story though. Has anyone heard anything from the TWRA or NCWRC on the matter?
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The first I heard of anything like this, and it is strictly third or fourth party, was on another forum. A fellow was at a winter stocking stream when the TWRA showed up to stock. One of the folks doing the stocking said hatcheries were closing and he would probably be out of a job. Then your post showed up. That lent some credence to the initial report. Sad state of affairs. Silvercreek
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Nothing definite yet. Still up in the air. Best thing is to contact your US senators and representatives and tell them to keep the hatcheries in operation. The amount of revenue generated by the sport is staggering! National hatcheries supply the entire country, so the effect would be widespread.
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Old 02-23-2011, 06:55 AM
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John, you are spot on in the need for our making congressional contacts.

Here is some information that can be used to help determine who those contacts would be: National Fish Hatcheries regions map
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