Changes urged for fish hatchery

Operations could change at a provincially owned fish hatchery in Fort Qu’Appelle, Sask., after a request from the Fish and Wildlife Development Fund’s steering committee.

Environment minister Ken Cheveldayoff said the committee approached the government with ideas about how to better operate the facility, which raises mainly walleye and trout.

“We’re undertaking some consultations right now to see what the wider stakeholders feel about this,” he told reporters.

He said the facility is not for sale, nor is it being privatized. No job loss is contemplated, and hatchery administrators would still report to the environment minister.

The fund was established in 1970 for habitat conservation. Thirty percent of revenue from trapping, fishing and hunting licenses sold in Saskatchewan goes to the fund.

Fund members include the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation, the Saskatchewan Fly Fishers Association and Nature Saskatchewan.

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