Archive for July, 2011

After over a year of internal and external renovations and improvements, the Tellico Southern Appalachian Brook Trout Hatchery cleans up well.  On the outside the blockwork, foundation, and wood trim got new coats of paint and new signage.  Inside, the floor and foundation were primed and painted with a durable epoxy finish; The walls were insulated and covered with white fiberglass panels to facilitate cleaning; The ceiling was primed and repainted; Attic access and an attic door were added for storage; The electrical wiring was inspected and new outlets added; Tanks, raceways, incubators, reservoirs, filters, heating elements, chillers, pumps, plumbing, shelving, and air conditioning which will make up the infrastructure for fish propagation were installed as well. 

Agencies and organizations such as the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, U.S. Forest Service Cherokee National Forest, Conservation Fisheries Inc., U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Dale Hollow and Erwin, Trout Unlimited, and conservationists contributed to this phase of the project and their contributions are greatly appreciated.

That was the easy part.  In order to maximize and realize the full potential of the Tellico Southern Appalachian Brook Trout hatchery, adequate sources of funding will need to be raised.  The ability to raise this funding will make or break the project.  It’s that critical.  This funding is crucial to the operation of the facility, the propagation of the brook trout, and the restoration of streams the Southern Appalachian brook trout fingerlings will be introduced into and fiscally we’re a long way from where we need to be.

In an effort to help build and promote project awareness, identify and raise critical funding, the project is currently in the process of forming a non-profit 501(c)(3) entity. They will explore for consideration and aquisition, potential grants and sources of project funding.

The images below were provided by Freshwaters Illustrated Director and biologist Jeremy Monroe and taken by Freshwater Illustrated biologist and photographer Dave Herasimtschuk this past Spring.  These are Sycamore Creek brook trout and are progeny of Southern Appalachian brook trout fingerlings that were hatched and raised at the Tellico Southern Appalachian Brook Trout hatchery in 1993 and 1994.  The hatchery and project produced a wild naturally reproducing population of Southern Appalachian brook trout that still thrives today in Sycamore Creek.

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