Collins Welcomes Hatchery Decision
COLLINS WELCOMES HATCHERY DECISION
Northeast Georgia’s Congressman Applauds FWS Decision to Keep Fish Hatcheries Open For Another Year, Commits to Long Term Solution
WASHINGTON, Nov 15 – Congressman Doug Collins (GA-09) today welcomed the official word from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that no fish hatcheries will close in the current fiscal year. Northeast Georgians had anticipated this decision pending the release of the agency’s full report of the fish hatchery system.
Congressman Collins formally requested a decision from FWS Director Dan Ashe in September of this year amid concerns that the Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery in Fannin County was at risk of closure. In areas affected by hyrdopower, trout mitigation hatcheries carry significant economic impact in bolstering tourism and providing for the local population.
“It’s a great relief that the hatcheries in Northeast Georgia will stay in operation for the immediate future,” Congressman Collins said.“I’m ready to work with the Fish and Wildlife Service to come up with a long term solution that’s going to work for Northeast Georgia’s economy.”
The full report from the Fish and Wildlife Service can be found at http://www.fws.gov/home/feature/2013/pdf/NFHSReviewCoverPageandReport.pdf.