(A map of the hatchery)
The 1980’s supported the largest number of released fish into Lake Ontario with over 8 million fish. That number has been reduced to around 4-5 million fish per year starting in 1992 when OMNR and the NYDEC did a managment review of the hatchery. The problem is that stocking levels are set by managers with little understanding of the relative impact that large number’s of released fish can have on an ecosystem. The reduction of introduced fish numbers was met with much public resistance as average annual angler expenditures exceed $170 million, making fishing a huge source of revenue for the surrounding area. The public was afraid the reduction would lower the quality of fishing of the surrounding rivers and lakes, but the surrounding area is a hot spot for trout and salmon anglers up to this very day.
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