Pendills Creek National Fish Hatchery Closed to Public for Raceway Construction

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The Pendills Creek National Fish Hatchery in Brimley, Mich., will be closed to the public for extensive renovation May 1 to November 15, 2008. The hatchery will receive 16 new rearing units or “raceways” to replace the original units that were constructed in the 1950s. The raceways will average 30 inches deep and each set of four units will be spaced far enough apart to allow for Service vehicles to drive between. These rearing units will be used to produce more than 1.2 million fish each year.

The Pendills Creek National Fish Hatchery received $1,227,590 in U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service construction funds to build the new raceways. Project Leader Curtis Friez expects the hatchery will re-open to the public in late November of this year.

The Pendills Creek National Fish Hatchery rears lake trout as part of the Great Lakes Restoration Program. The hatchery produces 850,000 yearling lake trout for spring stocking, 15,000 lake trout broodstock, and more than six million eggs annually.

Since 1871, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Fisheries Program has played a vital role in conserving and managing native fish and other aquatic resources. For more information about the Fisheries Program, go to http://fisheries.fws.gov.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit http://www.fws.gov

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