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State targets Salisbury fish hatchery for closure

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Posted on February 7, 2019 |
By John Flowers



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SUPERVISOR BRETT LOWRY cleans up the fish holding tanks in the Salisbury Fish Culture Station, which the Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife said it plans to close as a cost saving move. The hatchery, a tourist attraction itself, raises thousands and thousands of fish that are released into Vermont waters for fishermen to catch. Below, young trout hatched in Salisbury are destined for sport fisherman in Vermont waters. Independent photos/John S. McCright

SALISBURY — Faced with a $500,000 budget shortfall in fiscal year 2020, the Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife (VDFW) is recommending closing the Salisbury Fish Culture Station at 646 Lake Dunmore Road, a facility that employs four full-time workers, attracts more than 6,000 visitors each year, and plays a key role in the state’s formidable trout breeding program that attracts anglers and fuels the state economy.

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