Hatchery Production Plan was mandated by the Central Utah Project Completion
Act (CUPCA Section 313(c)) to identify long-term needs and management objectives
for hatchery production. The Central Utah Project and other reclamation
projects created many reservoirs in Utah. These flatwater areas provide
a variety of water-related recreation opportunities including fishing.
Most reservoir fisheries are heavily used and not able to sustain themselves
through natural recruitment, requiring management programs dependent on
stocking hatchery-reared fish. Fish stocking demands in Utah for reclamation
projects have been met in the past through both State and Federal hatcheries.
CUPCA identified funding to plan and implement improvements to existing
hatcheries and/or to develop new fish hatcheries to increase production
of warm-water and cold-water fish for areas affected by the Colorado River
Storage Project in Utah.
A plan was developed in 1995 and revised in 1998 that describes Mitigation
Commission-funded hatchery improvements in Utah over the next ten years.
The planning process considered the need for hatchery improvements, types
of fish to be raised, effects on native species from stocking fish and
budget and scheduling of implementation. Through the planning process,
the need to develop facilities for producing sensitive species, such as
native cutthroat trout and threatened or endangered species, has also been
addressed. The Plan was revised by a Hatchery Workgroup, incorporating
Mitigation and Conservation Plan priorities, feasibility report information,
stocking assessment report results and Utah Division of Wildlife Resources stocking policy. An Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant
Impact was released in April of 1998.
Implementing the Plan includes:
CUPCA’s funding authorization for fish hatchery improvements and development
is not intended to replace natural production, nor should it be viewed
as an alternative to the Commission’s other programs that emphasize habitat
restoration objectives. Support for this program does not diminish the
Commission’s commitment to implement measures that achieve ecosystem restoration
and biological diversity through its other programs.
Reconstructing Kamas State Fish Hatchery,
a cold water hatchery (completed)
Reconstructing Whiterocks State Fish
Hatchery, a cold water hatchery (completed)
Constructing a new hatchery at Fountain
Constructing a new cold water hatchery at Big
Constructing a new warm water hatchery
and an interim warm water hatchery (partially complete)
Writing State and Tribal stocking policies
Including information and education components at all facilities
Considering the use of streamside hatching units