The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission announce that they are planning to shut down the Bellefonte State Fish Hatchery located at Fisherman's Paradise December 2014 after being in operation since 1933. It's been in operation for 80 years.
If they shut down that Hatchery that will eliminate 540,000 stocked trout total in the counties that it serves. So they are going to keep fishing licenses the same but eliminate 540,000 fish less because that hatchery will be shut down. 9 jobs will be eliminated. There are 18 counties that this hatchery serves including: Armstrong, Berks, Bucks, Bulter, Cameron, Carbon, Clarion, Clearfield, Dauphin, Fulton,Indiana, Lehigh, Jefferson, Potter, Schuykill, Tioga, Warren and Westmoreland Counties their trout streams are stocked by the trout that are raised at the Bellefonte Hatchery if it is closed down, each one of those counties will receive 25% less stocked trout and the quality of trout than what they have had in years previous. The Bellefonte Fish Hatchery also serves as a backup supplier for when other hatcheries can't keep up. There will be no decrease in fishing license. So if you do know someone that trout fishes in these counties please let them know this important information. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission plans to close the hatchery down effective December 2014!!
This hatchery has also been the home of a nesting pair of Bald Eagles for the last 3 years. This year will mark their 4th year of mating and nesting at the hatchery.
The past 3 seasons have produced atleast 5 successful Fledglings who've moved on to new areas to continue their life cycle. By the Pennsylvania Fish And Boat Commission
closing this hatchery it will force the Eagle Pair to relocate because there will not be enough of a food source to sustain their nutritional needs along with the newly hatched
Eaglettes needs. The Bald Eagles in the spring and summer months bring dozens upon dozens of visitors including families with children, photographers, and Omithologist (Bird Watchers)
from all over the area. The Bald Eagles are not the only species that people come to see there are many many other species of migrating birds including the Osprey which is not native to the area
and Butterflies that have also been seen at Fisherman's Paradise.
Please keep this hatchery up and running!!
Don't take the public's chance to see the gifts Mother Nature has given to us to view and learn from.