The Colorado Division of Wildlife's ability to stock fish that are whirling disease-free has been greatly curtailed due to lack of whirling disease-free hatchery facilities. The Hotchkiss National Fish Hatchery plans to raise and deliver approximately 1.2 million 4-to 5-inch fish for distribution throughout Western Colorado. The Division has agreed to pay Hotchkiss NFH $80,400 to defer the cost of supplying the rainbow trout. This will enable the Division to stock disease free trout in uninfected waters and protect native trout populations.
Hotchkiss National Fish Hatchery is located on the banks of the North Fork of the Gunnison River near the town of Hotchkiss, Colorado. The hatchery was built in 1969 to supply trout to Colorado River Storage Project Reservoirs as mitigation for trout losses caused by the construction of reservoirs. The hatchery produces two million fish annually and is one of two Federal fish hatcheries in Colorado.
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