Senator Scarnati: Oswayo Fish Hatchery Will Remain Open

May 19, 2014

In its June 2014 issue, Pennsylvania Game & Fish magazine mistakenly printed a Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) January 2013 press release which announced that the PFBC voted to close two state fish hatcheries, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson).

“The latest edition of the PA Game & Fish magazine incorrectly states that the Oswayo Fish Hatchery will be closed,” Scarnati said.  “The PFBC will be sure that a retraction is printed in the next edition of the magazine, but it is important that residents know now that the Hatchery will remain open.”

Scarnati explained that the General Assembly worked with The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) to ensure that the hatchery remained open.  On March 22, 2013, the Board voted unanimously to keep the Oswayo Hatchery in Potter County open for at least an additional two years.  This decision reverses the PFBC’s previous vote in January 2013 to close the hatchery by the end of 2014.

“Fish hatcheries in Pennsylvania play an important role in helping provide the fish necessary to support recreational fishing for anglers,” Scarnati said.  “Investing in local hatcheries is a significant way to encourage ongoing economic growth throughout our region.”

The Oswayo Hatchery is open to visitors daily from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

CONTACT:

Kate Eckhart keckhart@pasen.gov
717-787-7084