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Comment on Proposed Trout Policy and 2014 Spring Trout Stocking

February 21, 2014
Updated February 25, 2014

Public Meeting on Trout Stocking Program March 8

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife and Fish and Game Council are inviting comment on the proposed policy regarding management of the bacterial disease furunculosis, which occurred this past fall at the Pequest Trout Hatchery, as well as a proposal to alter Spring trout stocking in order to protect the state’s trout resources. As a result of the furunculosis outbreak, the Division is proposing changes to the spring 2014 stocking schedule that differ from that published in the NJ Freshwater Fishing Digest.

A public meeting to discuss these topics will be held on February 22, 2014 at the Batsto Village Visitor Center at 10 a.m. at the Batsto Village Visitor Center, Batsto Rd. #9, Hammonton NJ 08037 in Wharton State Forest in Burlington County. A second meeting will be held on Saturday, March 8, 2014 in the Centenary Theater (aka The Little Theater), located in the Seay Building, Centenary College, Jefferson Avenue, Hackettstown, Warren County at 10 a.m. (Directions)

For detailed information on the Policy for the Use of Trout Affected by Furunculosis at the Pequest Trout Hatchery please see the Public Notice at

To view the proposed changes to the 2014 NJ Trout Stocking Program see (pdf, 16kb)

To view the proposed spring trout stocking allocations see (pdf, 40kb)

Presentation On Treatment and Stocking Plans (pdf, 2.5mb)

Questions and Answers Concerning Furunculosis (pdf, 26kb)

Persons wishing to send comments in electronically may do so at by March 9, 2014.

Responses to questions or issues raised in comments will not be sent; questions regarding the trout program can be submitted via the Contact Us E-mail Form.

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