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Management and investigations of resources.. $9,159,095 $10,318,000 $10,958,000 Bureau of Commercial Fisheries:
Activity and Appropriation
1. Fish hatcheries:
a/ Financing transferred to the Management and Investigations of Resources appropriation.
Fish Hatcheries: F.Y. 1970, $10,318,000; F.Y. 1971, $10,958,000; increase, $640,000. The increase consists of:
(1) Twenty permanent positions at an average annual rate of $8,500, ($170,000); seasonal labor (3.2 man-years), $14,500; purchase of office, maintenance, and laboratory equipment, $47,000; purchase of approximately 450,000 pounds of fish food at average cost of $0.10 per pound, $45,000; and other operational costs (utilities, supplies and materials, travel, distribution expenses), $148,200.
(2) Payment of 15 to 25 percent differential for standby duty for permanent employees remaining in an official duty status beyond normal work hours at 90 installations at an average cost of $4,800 per station, $434,000.
(3) Decrease of $218,700 in research and exhibit contracts.
Need for Increase: (1) Operation of new hatcheries and new facilities $424,700 and 20 positions. In recent years, Congress has authorized construction of twelve new hatcheries. This estimate includes partial or full funding for seven of these units in fiscal year 1971: Greers Ferry, Arkansas; Hotchkiss, Colorado; Kooskia, Idaho; Lahontan, Nevada; Dale Hollow, Tennessee; Jones Hole, Utah; and Quinault, Washington. Increases are requested at three of these units. It will not be possible to undertake production programs at the other new units until 1973 or later. These are Wolf Creek, Kentucky; Green Lake, Maine; Warm Springs, Oregon; Allegheny, Pennsylvania; and San Marcos, Texas. In addition to the new hatcheries, there are 25 units where facilities have been modernized or expanded and increased funding is required. Additional funds to operate facilities at three of these units are requested in 1971. Also included in this estimate are increased funds to operate and maintain facilities at the TehamaColusa spawning channels in California.
The construction programs were undertaken to increase production capabilities in those areas where existing programs were inadequate to meet management stocking requirements. The majority of these units are engaged in trout production programs to meet stocking needs on lands under Federal control or waters affected by Federal water development projects. The warmwater hatcheries included in the construction program produce fish for stocking small watershed development projects, warmwater reservoirs, streams on State or Federally owned lands, and farm
or ranch ponds. Most of the ponds are constructed under technical and financial assistance programs of the Department of Agriculture. Other hatcheries in the construction program are engaged in production of Pacific salmon species. The se fish are needed to help maintain the anadromous runs which have been adversely affected by dam construction, pollution, and other changes in the environment. They support both sport and commercial fisheries.
Hatcheries in the program are listed on the following table:
*Operation at capacity of facilities available in F.Y. 1971 (hatchery under construction).
NOTE: Costs of hatchery operations include rehabilitation and betterment projects, cyclical maintenance, and equipment purchase.
As indicated on the table, increases are requested for the following units: (a) Trout hatcheries:
Hotchkiss, Colorado and Jones Hole, Utah; These hatcheries are being constructed by this Bureau with funds transferred from the Bureau of Reclamation under authority of Section 8 of the Colorado River Storage Project Act. This Act authorized and directed the Secretary of the Interior "...to construct, operate, and maintain... facilities to mitigate losses of, and improve conditions for, the propagation of fish and wildlife." Operating funds through fiscal year 1970 were contained in the Upper Colorado River Storage Project appropriation of the Bureau of Reclamation. In 1971, the funding for these hatcheries has been shifted from the Bureau of Reclamation appropriation to the Management and Investigations of Resources appropriation of this Bureau.
Hotchkiss, Colorado - $105,000. Initial operating funds were appropriated in
Jones Hole, Utah - $120,000. Initial operating funds were appropriated in fiscal year 1968. In fiscal year 1970, a total of $79,700 was appropriated to the hatchery. In 1971, about 1.5 million fish (75,000 pounds) will be produced. When completed, the hatchery will produce 5.0 million 4"-6" trout annually (300,000 pounds) for stocking waters affected by the CRSP, except for those in the Gunnison Basin, and other contiguous areas where there is a Federal responsi
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