by David Figura, NewYorkUpstate.com

ALTMAR, N.Y. – The state Department of Environmental Conservation’s fish hatchery on the Salmon River, the largest in the DEC’s hatchery system, is slated for more than $5 million in upgrades beginning next year.

The hatchery, the state’s largest, was built in 1980 specializes in raising Pacific salmon, steelhead and brown trout. It was built to revive and enhance the Great Lakes fishery and now provides most of the fish for the multi-million-dollar Lake Ontario salmonid fishery.

Each year, this hatchery stocks more than 1.4 million Chinook salmon fingerlings (young fish 3-5 inches long), 155,000 coho fall fingerlings (3-5 inches), 90,000 coho salmon yearlings (a fish between one and two years old), and 750,000 steelhead yearlings.

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