Fish and Boat Commission: Hatcheries to close if fish license costs don't rise

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 26, 2017 1:15 PM

FILE PHOTO: A closed and fenced Big Spring hatchery located at the headwaters of Big Spring Steam near Newville. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Erie) -- The state Fish and Boat Commission says it will have to close three of its hatcheries if the cost of fishing license fees doesn't go up.

The agency says the potential closures would be part of a $2 million spending reduction that will be made if the legislature doesn't pass a bill that would allow them to raise the price of the license fees.

They say closing the hatcheries will eliminate almost a quarter of a million adult stocked trout in state lakes and streams.

Fish and Boat Commission Executive Director John Arway says the last time the price of a general fishing license was raised was in 2005.

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