HOFFMAN, N.C. (April 16, 2010) – U.S. Congressman Larry Kissell toured the McKinney Lake National Fish Hatchery located in Richmond County on April 8, and talked with N. C. Wildlife Resources Commission personnel about the important role the fish hatchery plays in helping the Commission achieve its fisheries management goals. The McKinney Lake hatchery is the primary source of channel catfish for the Commission’s popular Community Fishing Program.
Congressman Kissell is sponsoring legislation that would transfer ownership of the McKinney Lake Fish Hatchery from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to the State of North Carolina. This no-cost transfer of property would help the Commission to continue to provide quality fishing opportunities for urban anglers.
The Commission has operated the warmwater fish hatchery under a Memorandum of Agreement since 1996 and produced approximately 150,000 harvestable size (8-12 inches) channel catfish to provide angling opportunities in the state in 2009.
"The McKinney Hatchery is such a vital part of the N. C. Wildlife Resources Commission's work, it only makes sense that this incredible resource be transferred to the ownership of our State," Kissell said. "The hard work done at this and other hatcheries ensures that North Carolinians will be able to experience the fun of fishing for years and years to come; and that our State will continue to reap the economic benefits of a healthy recreational fishing industry."
“We’re grateful that Congressman Kissell has offered his support of this legislation,” said Gordon Myers, Executive Director of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. “Transferring ownership of the McKinney Lake Hatchery will enable the Commission to continue important programs that provide fishing opportunities in North Carolina’s urban areas.”
For more information on fishing in public, inland waters, visit www.ncwildlife.org/fishing.