Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission fishing for funding advice

The state Fish and Boat Commission has been tightening its belt for years, but most anglers haven’t felt the pinch. Staff continue to raise and stock 3.2 million trout per year, support co-op nurseries that raise additional trout, oversee industrial watershed impacts, study aquatic species and habitats, manage wildlife in Pennsylvania waterways, repair failing dams, administer boating permits and police the laws and regulations governing fishing and boating.

The work is done by a staff that has lost one-fifth of its roster through attrition, working on a $52 million budget mostly funded by the sale of licenses and permits that have not increased in price since 2004, with no ability to tap into the state treasury.

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