Fish Health at the Pequest Trout Hatchery
The Pequest Trout Hatchery raises three trout species for stocking throughout the state. Infectious diseases are limited at this hatchery because broodstock, descended from the original certified pathogen-free eggs, are hatched and raised on site, and strict preventative protocols are followed to prevent the introduction of disease. Annual health inspections ensure that fish remain healthy for the division's trout stocking program.
Fish Health at the Hackettstown Fish Hatchery
The Hackettstown Fish Hatchery is a unique facility that utilizes ponds, recirculation systems, and flow-through tanks to produce approximately 15 different fish species for enhancement stocking in state waters. With the variety of fish species being raised in a number of culture methods, there are great opportunities to research the biology and health of these fish.
Generally, adult broodstock fish are captured from the wild and young fish are grown out in open pond systems, providing great opportunities to learn about infectious agents that may be present in wild hatchery-reared fish. Through routine health monitoring we can be sure that we are releasing healthy fish throughout the freshwater environments in the state.