$150,000 renovation of Salmon River fish hatchery done, more improvements coming

Altmar, N.Y. — The Salmon River Hatchery, the flagship of DEC’s 12 state fish hatcheries, produces nearly all of the fish for Lake Ontario stocking efforts, including 1.7 million Chinook salmon, 240,000 coho salmon, 600,000 steelhead and 150,000 brown trout.

It’s also, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation, a huge economic engine for the greater Oswego County area — as well as for Lake Ontario in general. Those two points and others were emphasized this morning at a press conference held at the hatchery, which was attended by DEC, state and local officials.

Ken Lynch,  the DEC’s executive deputy commissioner commissioner, announced the completion of $150,000 in improvements to the hatchery’s visitor’s center during the past year. Those improvements include new live fish displays, revitalized public areas, signage and interpretive displays.

Lynch noted a second phase of coming improvements will include: 1). “A comprehensive engineering study to maximize energy efficiency and reduce water use and enhance fish production; 2). Infrastructure upgrades including new windows and doors, a new heating system, backup power, cellular phone service and a new fish ladder; 3). Reimaging of all interpretative and visitor areas for a seamless and enchanced visitor experience.”

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