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West Virginia Wildlife
Trout Partnership
Patrick McMurtry It Takes More Than A Village to Raise Trout!

May 22, 2013
Reporter: Patrick McMurtry
Videographer: Brad Rice

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This was a big day for these students, and their teachers: today they get to put hundreds of trout fingerlings into a stream.

They raised these fish from eggs to the point where today they'll be free, but the kids had a lot of help along the way. Jim Walker is a biologist with The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, and he explains the importance of having several partners involved.

"Without the cooperation of a variety of partners, we wouldn't have been able to do this program ourselves. Trout Unlimited is a big partner, WVU Extension is a big partner, Upshur County Schools as well as Access Energy." says Walker.

This group put in money, time and effort to make sure the kids had the perfect plan in place to raise their fish. Joe Crowder with Trout Unlimited has been a part of a lot of these programs and says this year's was especially nice.

"They really work with the kids, the DNR, both Wildlife and Law Enforcement, they work and Ms. Craig, the principal, she's the one we contacted to get the program started, she said when, not why, or how, just when." says Crowder.

After months of work, including weekends and holidays, today is the day to have a big time releasing these little fish.

"We want this to be a celebration day, a fun day. The kids learned a lot. For the last five months, they've taken care of the aquarium and released their fish in the wild and hopefully get a fish population established and we can create a recreational fishery." says Walker.

That's a reachable, and fishable, goal. Great job, kids.



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