DEP OUTLINES 2003 TROUT
The New Jersey Department of Environmental
Protection's Division of Fish and Wildlife will present
its recommended 2003 trout stocking plan to the Fish and
Game Council at 10 a.m., Saturday, February 15, at the Pequest
Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center in
DEP Commissioner Bradley Campbell will
attend the meeting and be available to discuss the trout
plan as well as Governor McGreevey's recent budget address.
He will also answer questions relating to the future of
the status of the Lebanon State Fish Laboratory.
Agenda topics include the discussion of
trout hatchery production numbers and changes to individual
trout stocking allotments, as well as ongoing renovations
to the Hackettstown Hatchery and the status of warmwater
The plan calls for 575,000 - 600,000 trout
to be released during the spring t rout-stocking season.
The number of trout stocked in 2003 will be similar to past
years including a fall stocking.
The Pequest facility is located on Rt.
46, nine miles west of Hackettstown in Oxford, Warren County.
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.