Thursday, April 23, 2009

Vermont closing fish hatcheries

For those of you who follow such things, like state budgets. It seems VT has decided to close all of the fish hatcheries. In NY the injunction against the state in the pheasant stocking program is billed at costing sportsmen a cool 12 grand.
Even is sportsmen spent a 100 grand their is no guarantee that the farm will be open in 2010 and beyond.
Good Afternoon Fellow Conservationists and Lake Champlain Business Community,
I thought you might be interested in the below note from accountant and Vermont's state auditor, Tom Salmon, on the House Appropriations Committee's proposal to close Vermont's fish hatcheries.

James Ehlers
-----Original Message-----
From: Salmon, Tom
Sent: Tuesday, April 21, 2009 10:43 PM
To: ''
Subject: Fish hatcheries


I have fished VT streams and the Connecticut river since I was a boy. Discussion of closing fish hatcheries is a foolish gimmick; both financially unsound and short-sighted.
Our Vermont brand and the outdoor sports that promote it should be preserved and protected.
The post-stimulus tsunami of budget shortfalls should be getting more urgent attention. Next legislative session will be a lot different than this one.

Thomas M Salmon CPA
Vermont State Auditor

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