Ninth District U.S. Representative Doug Collins is asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for detailed information about the agency’s long-term plans for trout mitigation hatcheries across the Southeast.
Collins sent a letter on the topic last week requesting the information, which would apply to the Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery in FanninCounty, among other places.
According to Collins’ office, Fish and Wildlife Service hatcheries, which were created to restore the natural habitats of environments impacted by hydropower, have grown in economic significance over the past several decades because they can create trout populations that bolster local tourism and business.
A statement from the Congressman said that while Congress has appropriated funds for the management of Fish and Wildlife Service hatcheries, the service has indicated that these funds may not be used for this purpose.
Collins said his letter presents five questions for Fish and Wildlife Service management about the future of the hatcheries, ranging from plans for closures to the degree to which the service will cooperate with states who are capable of taking over hatchery operations.