The federal government was planning to close nine Federal fish hatcheries in Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Utah, Montana, North Dakota and Arkansas in October due to the federal budget, having a lasting impact on fishing livelihoods and economical and social impact. For every dollar spent on these fisheries a return of $67 is generated in the private sector. Pressure brought to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service FWS by members of Congress and the media has stopped the action to close them.
The FWS has kept it’s plans a secret
Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander advocate for hunting, fishing and conservation of natural resources announced on Wednesday it had reached an agreement with the Interior Department Secretary Sally Jewell to stop any action on a hatchery review that would engage the process of closing. Jewell headed the process off at the pass and asked that longtime resolutions be a part of the process to keep the hatcheries open for life.
Se. Alexander also spoke out about the locks and dams that are in place around the country are destroying the fish and the federal government should be the one to replace the fish.
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