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February 5, 2001


For more information contact:
Kurt Powers at 908-637-4125

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish and Wildlife will present its recommended 2002 trout stocking plan to the Fish and Game Council at 10 a.m., Saturday, February 16, at the Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center in Warren County. Agenda topics include the discussion of trout hatchery production numbers and changes to individual trout stocking allotments as well as renovations to the Hackettstown Hatchery and the status of warmwater fish production.

"Anglers are encouraged to attend and help shape the future of freshwater fishing in New Jersey," said Division Director Bob McDowell.

The plan calls for 575,000 - 600,000 trout to be released during the spring trout stocking season. The number of trout stocked in 2002 will be similar to past years and there will be a fall stocking.

For those who wish to attend the meeting, the Pequest facility is located on Rt. 46, nine miles west of Hackettstown in Oxford, Warren County.

A copy of the spring trout stocking list will be made available upon council approval and can be obtained by sending a self-addressed, stamped, business-sized envelope to the: NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife, Bureau of Freshwater Fisheries, P.O. Box 400, Trenton, NJ 08625-0400, Attn: Spring Trout Stocking List.