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January 30, 2004

NJDEP’S Division of Fish and Wildlife to Present 2004 Trout Stocking Plan and Coldwater Fisheries Management Plan

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife will present its recommended 2004 trout stocking plan and the state’s first Coldwater Fisheries Management Plan at 10 a.m., Saturday, February 14, at the Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center in Warren County.

The plan calls for 575,000 - 600,000 trout to be released during the spring trout-stocking season. The number of trout stocked in 2004 will be similar to past years.

The comprehensive Coldwater Fisheries plan outlines more than a century of trout management activities, fish culture operations, habitat requirements and wild trout resources. The document also establishes goals and includes a five-year work plan for implementing identified strategies. It is being released in draft form so that anglers, conservation groups and other stakeholders can provide comment on the future direction of managing the state’s vital coldwater resources.

Additional agenda topics include hatchery production figures and changes for the 2004 stocking program. For those wanting to attend, the Pequest facility is located on Rt. 46, nine miles west of Hackettstown in Oxford.

A copy of the spring allocation schedule will be made available upon council approval and can be obtained by sending a self-addressed, stamped, business-sized envelope to the: NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife, Bureau of Freshwater Fisheries, P.O. Box 400, Trenton, NJ 08625-0400, Attn: Spring Allocation Schedule. The weekly trout stocking schedules will also be posted on the Division's Web site prior to the season opening on April 10 at 8 a.m.

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