Storm inflicts $3.2M damage on hatchery
A storm on March 22 has caused $3.2-million in damages on a state fish hatchery in the town of Moccasin in Tuolumne County, California.
The Moccasin Creek Hatchery was holding about 1.6 million fish at the time of the storm, which mostly died, reports The Union Democrat. Most of the fish were rainbow trout that were in various stages of development—from just-hatched eggs to fish weighing 1 to 2 lbs.
Operated by the Department of Fish and Wildlife, the hatchery supplies trout to Central Valley and western Sierra Nevada reservoirs.
The hatchery is expected to resume operations sometime this fall but it could take as long as 18 months to two years for the hatchery to return to full production, says the state agency.