National Fish Hatcheries Closing October 1?

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Officials of the D.C. Booth National Fish Hatchery in Spearfish, South Dakota may have spilled the beans on a plan by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to close many, if not all, of the nation’s fish hatcheries on October 1, the beginning of the new federal fiscal year. USFWS officials have refused comment, saying they’re “in the middle of a review process”. April Gregory, Director of the Booth Society, the nonprofit fisheries friends group of the D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery & Archive sent The Outdoor Wire an email late yesterday afternoon saying that word from “reliable contacts in Washington, D.C.” say the Booth Hatchery is one of “several” national fish hatcheries set for October 1, 2013 closure.” According to Gregory, The Booth Society has “committed itself” to saving the hatchery which has been open since 1896. Our reliable sources tell The Outdoor Wire other hatcheries on the chopping block are “primarily located in the south.” We will keep you posted.