The commission is also closing the hatchery in Bellefonte in an effort to save $9 million over the next four years. The 18 employees at the hatcheries are not expected to be laid off.
Commission Executive Director John Arway says the closings are necessary to meet future healthcare and retirement obligations for employees, and to pay for infrastructure needs.
The hatcheries won’t be completely closed until the end of 2014. Fish are being raised at both facilities and won’t be ready to stock until the end of this year and spring of next year. Once the fish have been stocked, the facilities will be cleaned and then closed.