Hatchery manager Norm Heil shows Sen. Lamar Alexander rainbow trout eggs collected at the hatchery in Erwin during a tour of the facility in August. (Lee Talbert/Johnson City Press)
Erwin's federal fish hatchery will not close next month as some had feared, U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander announced today in a news release.
Alexander said the U.S. Department of Interior decided it would not close any national fish hatcheries around the country in the next month as feared – including at Dale Hollow and Erwin in Tennessee – and that it would work on a long-term solution to keeping them open.
“I appreciate Interior Secretary Jewell heeding the concerns of Tennesseans and others around the country who depend upon these hatcheries to replace trout that are destroyed by federal locks and dams,” Alexander said. “Members of Congress spoke out, and the Department of the Interior responded. Now, the nearly 900,000 Tennesseans and visitors who buy fishing licenses in our state can once again have faith that Tennessee’s trout fishing will remain some of the best in the country.”
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