Students & municipal officials Stock 925 Fishby: theangler
Environment Undersecretary Philip Griffiths and Department of Fish and Game (DFG) Commissioner Mary Griffin participated in the event, which is part of an annual effort to stock 500 Massachusetts lakes, rivers, reservoirs, streams, and rivers with fish raised at hatcheries operated by MassWildlife, a division of DFG.
Students from three Boston schools gathered pondside to help state and city officials stock 800 rainbow trout averaging 14 inches long, 50 brook trout and 50 brown trout averaging 12 inches long, and 25 broodstock salmon weighing an average of 15 pounds. Fifty tiger trout, a cross between a female brown trout and a male brook trout, measuring an average 14 inches long were also stocked.
Statewide this spring, DFW’s stocking program, supported by state fishing license revenue, is releasing 518,000 brook, brown, rainbow, and tiger trout raised at state hatcheries in Sandwich, Belchertown, Sunderland and Montague. DFW also raises salmon at its Palmer hatchery.
“We’re thrilled that so many school children are here to help us mark this spring event and we hope it may inspire Massachusetts residents of all ages to get out and enjoy the outdoors as much as possible in the coming months,” Undersecretary Griffiths said.
Lending a hand to release fish into the pond were students and teachers from Boston’s John F. Kennedy Elementary School and Mary Curley Middle School, and the Dorchester Youth Academy. Local legislators and Jim Hunt, chief of Environment and Energy Services for the city of Boston, also took part.
“We encourage anglers and outdoor enthusiasts of all abilities to experience fishing, hiking and other recreational activities at parks, lakes and forests across the Commonwealth,” Commissioner Griffin said.
A list of all trout-stocked waters in Massachusetts is available at www.mass.gov/masswildlife, and DFW publishes weekly reports at the same web site each Friday detailing where fish were stocked in various ponds, lakes, and rivers around the Commonwealth. Trout stocking began in mid-March.
Added: Wed May 06 2009
Last Modified: Fri May 15 2009