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MN DNR to close French River Hatchery

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DNR to close energy-inefficient French River hatchery

A DNR News Release:
The Department of Natural Resources is closing a 1970s-era fish hatchery because of failing infrastructure and excessive energy consumption.

The French River Hatchery, located on Lake Superior north of Duluth, needs $8 million in capital investment to address failing equipment. It also consumes 10 percent of the energy used by the entire agency statewide.

Fisheries Chief Don Pereira said energy inefficiency and costly repairs make it necessary to close the hatchery, but the remaining fish production from French River will be continued elsewhere.

“We remain strongly committed to providing great fishing opportunities in Lake Superior and along the North Shore,” Pereira said. “To provide the best fishing we can for anglers, we need to be strategic about how we use energy, and we’re confident we can adjust to meet angler needs with our remaining four hatcheries.”

Pereira said production of Kamloops trout, which are raised…