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Federal fish hatcheries in Michigan celebrate improved efficiency in hatchery operations for lake trout rehabilitation
Midwest Region, August 29, 2011
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) this August hosted dedication ceremonies and community open houses to celebrate completed construction of new facilities at the Pendills Creek National Fish Hatchery in Brimley and the Jordan River National Fish Hatchery near Elmira. Both federal hatcheries support the rehabilitation of lake trout in the Great Lakes.

Pendill's Creek NFH received $890,000 in appropriations from the Service’s Fisheries Program to construct a 222’ x 134' free span building to cover the new raceways. The new building provides growing lake trout protection from sunlight, predators and the harsh weather conditions of Michigan’s upper peninsula. Fish have shown marked improvement with the reduction of cataracts previously caused by sun exposure, and a reduction in mortality caused by predation.

The Pendills Creek NFH open house on August 13 provided an opportunity for the public and media to tour the new hatchery facilities and participate in a dedication ceremony by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Coast Guard, the State of Michigan, Friends of Pendills Creek Hatchery, conservation partners and members of the Great Lakes community.

Pendills Creek NFH, founded in 1951, rears lake trout as part of the Great Lakes Restoration Program. The hatchery complex produces more than 6 million eggs annually and more than 900,000 yearling and 200,000 fall fingerling lake trout for stocking into Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. With the new rearing facilities, yearling lake trout production is expected to reach 1.2 million in 2012.

The Jordan River National Fish Hatchery celebrated with Great Lakes partners and local community members on August 18, to mark the completion of two fish rearing facilities, a geothermal heating system, and improvement of the fish hatchery effluent treatment system. The hatchery improvements were funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The Jordan River Hatchery Friends Group offered kids fishing and a BBQ luncheon at the event.

The effluent project will allow the hatchery to minimize discharges of phosphorous into the Jordan River, which has been designated as a National Wild and Scenic River. Recovery funding also supported construction of a pre-engineered building to cover thirty-two of the hatchery's raceways. The unheated, metal building is approximately 140 feet wide by 400 feet long, and is placed over raceway series 1 – 8, for a total square footage of approximately 56,000.

Installation of an energy efficient geothermal heating will also help offset the energy demands of the federal fish hatchery and save annual operational costs.

Jordan River NFH supports native species rehabilitation through production and stocking of lake trout for the Great Lakes, with a long-term goal of establishing self-sustaining lake trout populations. The hatchery annually propagates approximately three million lake trout, which are released into Lakes Michigan and Huron by the Service's Great Lakes stocking vessel, the M/V Spencer F. Baird.


On August 18, Great Lakes conservation partners celebrated at Jordan River National Fish Hatchery on the outskirts of Elmira, Michigan, to mark completion of hatchery improvement projects that will increase efficiency for lake trout rehabilitation in the Great Lakes.
Contact Info: Ashley Spratt, 612-713-5314, ashley_spratt@fws.gov
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