Posted on November 15, 2013
NASHVILLE, Nov. 15 – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s report on the National Fish Hatchery System, which does not recommend closing Tennessee’s hatcheries at Dale Hollow and Erwin in 2014 but highlights long-term funding challenges. Alexander made his remarks after talking with Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe on the report’s contents.
“It is fortunate that we have an ongoing three-year agreement between the Tennessee Valley Authority and state and federal wildlife agencies to keep Tennessee’s hatcheries open and producing fish, but the threat of closure still exists. The Fish and Wildlife Service’s report, which does not recommend closing Tennessee’s hatcheries next year, emphasizes the importance of the working group that’s trying to come up with a permanent solution. I will help to find a long-term solution, because the nearly 900,000 Tennesseans and visitors who buy fishing licenses in our state depend upon these hatcheries, as they are the principal reason Tennessee has some of the best trout fishing in the country.”
The working group includes the Fish and Wildlife Service, the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Tennessee and Georgia state wildlife agencies. TVA signed an agreement with federal and state wildlife agencies in May to pay more than $900,000 per year for the next three years to replace fish killed by TVA dams, and keep Tennessee’s hatcheries producing fish while the working group develops a permanent solution.
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