FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 19, 2011
Curt Friez, 906-437-5231
Ashley Spratt, 612-713-5314
Celebrate Lake Trout Rehabilitation with Pendills Creek National Fish Hatchery on August 13
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) will host an open house at Pendills Creek National Fish Hatchery (NFH) in Brimley, Mich., on Saturday, August 13 to celebrate completion of new fish rearing facilities that support the rehabilitation of lake trout in Lake Huron and Lake Michigan.
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 open house from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. will provide 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. The dedication ceremony will take place at 2:00 p.m. Refreshments will be provided during the open house.
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 reach1.2 million in 2012.
Pendills Creek NFH is located at 21990 West Trout Lane in Brimley, Mich. For more information about the hatchery, visit http://www.fws.gov/midwest/pendillscreek/
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