ADFG Accepting Comments On 2023 Fish Stocking Plan

The following is courtesy of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game:

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2023 Statewide Sport Fish Stocking Plan Open for Public Comment

(Statewide) – The Alaska Department of Fish and Game—Division of Sport Fish (Division), is accepting public comment from now through January 31, 2023, on its 2023 Statewide Stocking Plan for Sport Fisheries.

The Division, with assistance from private nonprofit hatchery operators, plans to release approximately seven million fish annually into the waters of Alaska over the next five years to benefit anglers. The plan outlines the locations, numbers, and size or life stage for each species of fish that are planned for stocking.

“Public input is important to the Division as we finalize the Statewide Stocking Plan for 2023,” Statewide Stocking Coordinator Summer Woods, said. “The Division commits a significant portion of the annual budget toward stocking fish throughout the state. Hearing from anglers is a critical piece of the fisheries management process and we welcome your comments on the plan.”

Only fish reared from the Division’s hatchery facilities and from private nonprofit hatcheries that work in cooperation with ADF&G to improve sport fisheries are included in this plan.

The Statewide Stocking Plan is available for review on the Division’s webpage. Hard copies are also available for review at local ADF&G offices.

Please submit public comments to Summer Woods by email or by mail:

William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery
c/o Summer Woods-Tunney
941 North Reeve Boulevard
Anchorage, Alaska, 99501

The public comment period is open until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 31, 2023.