Bill cuts $1 million for hatchery infrastructure


A bill that might have put more money into the state’s fish hatchery program passed late last month and Governor Jerry Brown vetoed a provision allowing $1 million to go toward the hatchery program infrastructure.

“I hope and pray this bill turns out to be the panacea that (CalTrout) would like us to believe, but I sincerely doubt it,” said local aquaculturist Tim Alpers.

The bill, SB 1148, was intended to help both wild and hatchery release trout and as such was supported by organizations like CalTrout, but Alpers has long argued that the bill will help wild trout programs at the expense of hatchery raised fishing programs.