The federal government is planning to eliminate funding to nine Federal fish hatcheries in GA, TN, KY, UT, MO, ND, and AR, which will result in their closure. The closure of these hatcheries will have a lasting impact on local, State, and federal economies. These facilities also provide enormous ecological and social contributions to local and state communities. Nearly 7 million fish are stocked in waters across the country from only six of these hatcheries. The economic impact is tremendous - over 3,000 jobs created and a total economic output of nearly 300 million dollars is generated by privately owned businesses selling food, lodging and supplies to trout fishermen. For every dollar spent on these fishery programs a return of $67 dollars is generated in the private sector, and for each tax dollar spent producing trout, $2.34 is returned to Washington in federal tax dollars generated from private business.
It is ironic that the Fish and Wildlife Service is celebrating the 140th year of their fisheries program; the oldest program in the agency. They are celebrating this historic event by cutting the entire fisheries program by 12.4 million dollars. They are getting a 47.9 million dollar increase in their overall budget, but have chosen to spend that money on other programs and new programs, and scrap a program that brings revenue into the federal budget at a 2.3 to 1 ratio and supports over 3,000 jobs in the private sector!!! DON'T LET THIS HAPPEN; STAND UP AND BE HEARD!
We the undersigned are asking you to restore the 6.3 million dollars in base funding to the National Fish Hatchery Operations in the USFWS 2012 budget. Loss of this funding would result in the closure of hatchery facilities. The nine hatcheries that would face closure in 2012 are Neosho NFH (MO), Greers Ferry NFH and Norfork NFH (AR), Chattahoochee Forest NFH (GA), Wolf Creek NFH (KY), Dale Hollow and Erwin NFH (TN), Garrison Dam NFH (ND) and Jones Hole NFH (UT). In 2009, these facilities produced over 12,000,000 fish and almost 16,000,000 eyed eggs, which supported 3,500 jobs and almost $325 million in total economic benefit to local and state economies from USFWS operated mitigation facilities. A study done in 2010 showed that almost $20 million in federal, state and local tax revenues were generated annually by six of these hatcheries. This represents a return to the federal treasury of 2.3 times more than the cost of operating these hatcheries. Continuing to operate these hatcheries will not only help local communities and sustain a diverse aquatic recourse; it makes good business sense. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife leadership in Washington should be replaced with men and women who care about our nation's natural resources and the benefits provided to the American people. We appreciate your thoughtful consideration of this request.
Thank you all so much for supporting our petition to Save the National Fish Hatcheries. We are closing the petition and sending the results to Congress and the Dept. of the Interior. Please continue to support this cause and call the Congressmen and women from all the states where hatcheries are in danger of closing. Let them know you are against the budget cuts to the Fish Hatchery Operations being proposed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Below is a list of senators from the states where hatcheries are having their funding cut, please call and let your voice be heard! Thanks Again.
KENTUCKY- Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery
Senator Mitch McConnell 202-224-2541
Senator Rand Paul 202-224-4343
TENNESSEE- Dale Hollow and Erwin National Fish hatcheries
Senator Lamar Alexander 202-224-4944
Senator Bob Corker 202-224-3344
GEORGIA- Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery
Senator Saxby Chambliss 202-224-3521
Senator Johnny Isakson 202-224-3643
ARKANSAS- Norfork and Greers Ferry National Fish Hatcheries
Senator John Boozman 202-224-4843
Senator Mark Pryor 202-224-2353
MISSOURI-Neosho National Fish Hatchery
Senator Roy Blunt 202-224-5721
Senator Claire McCaskill 202-224-6154
NORTH DAKOTA-Garrison Dam National Fish Hatchery
Senator Kent Conrad 202-224-2043
Senator John Hoeven 202-224-2551
UTAH- Jones Hole National Fish Hatchery
Senator Orrin Hatch 202-224-5251
Senator Mike Lee 202-224-5444
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