The operation of Connecticut’s fish hatcheries, which support Trout in the Classroom, Salmon in Schools and stocking programs, are again threatened by the state’s budget crisis.
This time its not direct cuts put the hatcheries in jeopardy, but a hiring freeze that is preventing the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection from replacing not only employees being laid off by the state, but additional employees who plan voluntary departures. These employees, other than some benefits, are paid for by hunting and fishing license fees and by taxes on hunting and fishing gear.
Click here to read a letter to Connecticut anglers.
Anglers and conservationists need to reach out to legislators to speak out for adequate staffing levels at Connecticut’s hatcheries. The attached fact sheet contains information that legislators need to hear from their constituents who hunt or fish. Click here to find out who represents you in the state Senate and the General Assembly.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy can be reached at the Office of the Governor, State Capitol, 210 Capital Ave., Hartford, CT 06106. The phone number is 860-566-4840, and an email can be sent to Gov. Malloy by clicking here.
There are fears Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget for 2013-15 could spell the end of the Kensington Hatchery.
The forums on flyaddict.com include a discussion and links to the page in the proposed budget that details the cuts, including savings $150,000 toward closing the massive deficit by closing a hatchery. The Office of Fiscal Analysis, a nonpartisan advisory group, projects the deficit at $138.6 million, twice the Malloy administration’s projection of $64.4 million, according to the CT Mirror.