The 117 year old D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery in Spearfish is scheduled to close.
According to a news release from the Booth Society Inc, the National Fish Hatchery System, a branch of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, has struggled with declining funding and annual increases in the costs of doing business (utilities, fuel costs, supplies, etc.). The actual impacts were made worse by sequestration.
In addition to these ongoing financial issues, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Directorate in Washington D.C. have emphasized and prioritized other programs over those of the National Fisheries Program. As a result, the agency has made the decision to permanently shut down multiple fish hatcheries nationwide, including the *D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery*.
This closure is expected to take effect October 1, 2013.
The Booth Society, Inc. says that nearly 30 jobs would be lost as a result of the hatchery closure.