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140 Year Old Great Lake Hatchery in Troubled Waters

US - The fish hatchery that has produced salmon for Grand Lake Stream and other top Maine fishing destinations for more than a century could be closed as part of a package of hard-hitting budget cuts under consideration by state officials.

The Grand Lake Stream Fish Hatchery dates back to the 1870s and helps support one of Maine’s most famous fisheries for landlocked salmon, reports the BangorDailyNews.

But the aging and costly facility has been included on a list of proposed cuts aimed at closing what is expected to be a massive hole in the next state budget.

According to the news agency, other proposed reductions at the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife that are being reviewed by Gov. John Baldacci’s budget staff would cut into many programs enjoyed by sportsmen and the general public.