Public invited to fish hatchery open house April 20
Ever wonder how the City’s fish hatchery manages fish populations in Oklahoma City lakes? Then join the staff at the H.B. Parsons Fish Hatchery, 10940 N Meridian Ave., for an educational open house from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April 21.
During the open house, visitors can take a look at the boats and equipment used by hatchery staff to monitor fish populations and learn how the hatchery raises fish to stock City lakes and “Close to Home” fishing waters. Staff will also demonstrate fish sampling gear, water testing equipment show different kinds of fish habitats used to encourage fish population growth.
“Fisheries management plays an important role in natural resource conservation,” says Bob Martin, the City’s fish biologist. “Healthy fish populations not only benefit anglers who fish on City lakes, but also support our economy and contribute to better water quality.”
No reservation or registration is necessary.
The H.B. Parsons Fish Hatchery is the only municipal fish hatchery in Oklahoma. Through its partnership with the Oklahoma State of Wildlife Conservation’s “Close to Home” fishing program, the hatchery raises more than 500,000 walleye, striped bass hybrids and channel catfish for stocking each year.
The open house is part of the City of Oklahoma City’s Earth Month roster of eco-friendly activities. For more information about open house or the H.B. Parsons Fish Hatchery, call (405) 297-1426 or visit okc.gov/parks.
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