Update: Federal Fish Hatcheries Spared from Budget Cuts

We reported last week that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service might close some or even all of its mitigation fish hatcheries. These hatcheries are used to replace native fisheries that were lost to federal dams.

However, the Fishing Wire is reporting that these hatcheries are safe, at least for now.

This from the Fishing Wire: "The FWS has kept its official plans safely under wraps, but when its apparent intentions were revealed by inside sources and news agencies, several members of Congress intervened in an attempt to block its efforts."

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) came to agreement with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to halt next month's hatchery review, which could have recommended closures, according to the Fishing Wire.

Lets hope that congressmen and women like Alexander continue to see fishing as a way to spark the economy, not as fat to be lopped off during the next round of budget cuts.