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Stocking numbers reduced as New York’s Essex County fish hatchery faces wastewater issue

One of just three county-owned fish hatcheries in New York, the Essex County Fish Hatchery is reducing fish-stocking numbers due to an issue with wastewater dispersal. The hatchery, however is planning to raise larger fish to be stocked in popular waters, including the famed Ausable River. (Photo provided)

Five years ago, the staff at Essex County Fish Hatchery would annually stock 45,000 to 50,000 brook, brown and rainbow trout in the waters around Essex County, supplementing the wild salmonids that roam the streams, lakes and ponds of the county in the heart of the Adirondacks.
In 2024, the hatchery in Crown Point, N.Y., will stock just a fraction of that number, instead emphasizing quality over quantity, prioritizing stocking of two-year-old and even three-year-old fish over yearlings.

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