Volunteers help make fish hatchery programs successful

hatchery1CELINA-Citizen volunteers, Gail Faulkner, Howard Hilton, and Max Endicott, have recently contributed their time and labor to assist the Dale Hollow National Fish Hatchery here in carrying out its tasks of routine fish care, grounds maintenance, and community and visitor outreach.

The volunteers are doing the work of two recently retired employees whose replacements have not yet been hired.

The hatchery, which produces approximately 320,000 ponds of trout annually, generates employment for approximately 867 Tennesseans and creates an economic return of $88.76 for every dollar spent for its operation and special activities such as the ongoing cooperative mussel cage culture project and Barrens topminnow restoration project.

SMALL FRY-The indoor rearing tanks for the youngest trout get maintenance from Howard Hilton who recently volunteered time to assist the Dale Hollow National Fish Hatchery.  (photo submitted)

SMALL FRY-The indoor rearing tanks for the youngest trout get maintenance from Howard Hilton who recently volunteered time to assist the Dale Hollow National Fish Hatchery. (photo submitted)

KEEPING IT NEAT-Grounds keeping, a big task at the Dale Hollow National Fish Hatchery, gets an assist from volunteer Max Endicott.  (photo submitted)

KEEPING IT NEAT-Grounds keeping, a big task at the Dale Hollow National Fish Hatchery, gets an assist from volunteer Max Endicott. (photo submitted)