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Students & municipal officials Stock 925 Fish

by: theangler

Bigfish Tackle The On-Line Fishing Resource Center

State wildlife officials and Boston school children ushered in the spring fishing season today, releasing 925 state hatchery-raised trout and salmon into Jamaica Pond in Jamaica Plain.

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, DFWs 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.
annual rite of spring
The fish stocked at Jamaica Pond today came from hatcheries in Belchertown, Palmer and Sandwich.

Were 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 Bostons 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.
A natural pond believed to be tens of thousands of years old, Jamaica Pond is 60 feet deep and home to fish such as largemouth bass, yellow perch, and chain pickerel, as well as snapping turtles, crayfish, eels, and freshwater clams. The pond is a property of the city of Boston and is surrounded by parklands managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.

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.

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Added: Wed May 06 2009
Last Modified: Fri May 15 2009

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