The budget proposed by the Governor has cut the funding needed to run the Kensington Hatchery. This is the only hatchery in the state where Salmon and Seeforellen Brown Trout can be raised here in Connecticut. Closing of this hatchery would not only mean a halt or dramatic decrease in the stocking of Salmon and extinction of a unique strain of trout, but one unique and valuable education program, Salmon in the Schools, will cease to exist and another, Trout in the Classroom, will be in jeopardy. Both the Salmon in the Schools and the Trout in the Classroom programs make Science, Math and Writing concepts tangible for students.
The power of reinstating this funding to the budget currently lies with the Conservation and Development Appropriations Subcommittee, if the funding is reinstated, the budget then moves to the General Assembly. This will be an ongoing process until June. If the funding is reinstated at the Subcommittee level, this does not guarantee that it will stay in the budget. This issue will require vigilance for the next few months. This site will be updated regularly.
On March 25th, the Environment Committee passed Bill 6047: An Act Providing Proper Funding to State Hatcheries. This is great news! But as there are no funding provisions for the next year in this bill, if funding is not reinstated for the Kensington Hatchery in this budget, we will lose Kensington.
I have seen many well-intended people instructing people to call or write to Governor Malloy. At this point, the power to reinstate this funding does not lie with the governor!!
How can I help? MARCH 26 UPDATE
Check the list of members of the Conservation and Development Appropriations Subcommittee below.
IF YOU ARE A CONSTITUENT of any of these legislators, please contact them by email, phone or letter by APRIL 1st!!!!!!!
If you don’t know who you legislator is click here to find out.
Here are two useful documents to help formulate your message: For a Sample Letter click here and to see the testimony of the Fisheries Advisory Council, Greg Sharp, click here.
|Name||Party Aff||Dist||Senate District Towns p=partial||Phone||Room|
|Rep||Mark Tweedie||Republicanemail@example.com||(860) 240-8700||4043|
|Rep||Peter Tercyak||Democrat||26||Peter.Tercyak@cga.ct.gov||(860) 240-8585||3804|
|Rep||Melissa Ziobron||Republicanfirstname.lastname@example.org||(860) 240-8700||2703|
|Rep||Greg Haddad||Democrat||54||Gregory.Haddad@cga.ct.gov||(860) 240-8585||4115|
|Rep||Roberta Willis||Democrat||64||Roberta.Willis@cga.ct.gov||(860) 240-8585||1802|
|Rep||Craig Miner||Republicanemail@example.com||(860) 240-8700||4204|
|Rep||Toni Walker||Democrat||93||Toni.Walker@cga.ct.gov||(860) 240-0394||2701|
|Rep||Matt Lesser||Democratfirstname.lastname@example.org||(860) 240-8585||2405|
|Rep||Charles Ferraro||Republicanemail@example.com||(860) 240-8700||4052|
|Rep||Ezequiel Santiago||Democrat||130||Ezequiel.Santiago@cga.ct.gov||(860) 240-8585||4111|
|Rep||Kevin Ryan||Democrat||139||Kevin.Ryan@cga.ct.gov||(860) 240-8585||4108|
|Rep||Patricia Miller||Democrat||145||Patricia.Miller@cga.ct.gov||(860) 240-8585||4033|
|Senator||Beth Bye||Democrat||S5||West Hartford, Burlington, Farmington (p), Bloomfield (p)||www.senatedems.ct.gov/Bye-mailform.php||(860) 240-0428||2700|
|Senator||Joan Hartley||Democrat||S15||Prospect, Waterbury (p), Naugatuck (p)||Hartley@senatedems.ct.gov||(860) 240-0006||3100|
|Senator||Mae Flexer||Democrat||S29||Thompson, Putnam, Killingly, Brooklyn, Canterbury, Scotland, Windham, Mansfield||www.senatedems.ct.gov/Flexer-mailform.php||(860) 240-8634||1800|
|Senator||Clark Chapin||Republican||S30||Salisbury, North Cannan, Canaan, Sharon, Cornwall, Winchester, Goshen, Torrington (p), Kent, Warren, Litchfield, Morriss, New Milford, Washington, Brookfield||http://ctsenaterepublicans.com/contact-chapin/||(860) 240-0445||3204|
Contacting via Email
- In the Subject Line: Reinstate Funding for the Kensington Hatchery.
- It is best in this case to include your message in the body of the email as opening attachments can be tedious when receiving large volumes of mail.
- Clearly include your name and where you live at the start of the body of the email
- Copy and paste from the sample letter if you wish or formulate your own language. Helpful information is provided below.
Contacting them via phone
- When the aid answers (or voice mail), identify yourself by providing your name and address and let her/him know you are a constituent.
- Tell them you want them to help ensure that the $195,000 needed to run the Kensington Hatchery is reinstated to the budget
- Tell them why it is important to you.
Write them a letter
- Be sure to provide your name and address
- Identify yourself as a constituent
- Use the sample letter provided if you wish or formulate your own message. Helpful information is provided below.
- Remember that if you are mailing the letter is must be mailed ASAP to be received by April 1st!!!
- Address the letter to:
The Senator/Rep’s Name
Legislative Office Building Room XXXX (Use the appropriate room # listed)
Hartford, CT 06106 – 1591
Helpful Information for Messaging
In regard to Educational Programs
- Eggs from Kensington are donated to “Trout in the Classroom” operated by Trout Unlimited and “Salmon in the Schools” run by Connecticut River Salmon Association.
- The two school programs reach approximately 15,000 students per year in 170 schools throughout the state
- The programs provide students with a unique educational opportunity and a first-hand look at the growth and development of these two species from eyed eggs to juvenile fish during the January to June program cycle.
- These school programs, carried out with the help of volunteers, are a cost-effective way of raising environmental awareness in Connecticut’s youth as well as a unique and accessible way to teach science and math.
- The state’s other two hatcheries — Quinebaug and Burlington — are at full capacity and cannot take on the production of trout and salmon eggs that could be used in the school programs. And in the case of Salmon eggs, neither hatchery is equipped to do so.
In regard to recreational fishing:
- If you voted for the legislator to which you are writing, it is a good idea to let them know.
- Kensington is the State’s smallest hatchery, but it is unique in that it supports both the last Connecticut River genetic strain of Atlantic Salmon, and a unique strain of large Seeforellen Brown Trout.
- The Connecticut Center for Economic Analysis at UConn projects that or every $1 spent on natural resources, $38 in economic activity is generated. In short, viewed correctly, Kensington is a profit center for the State, which generates more revenue than the operating expenses OPM is proposing to save by closing the hatchery.
- License fees and excise taxes on the purchase of fishing equipment generates $7.3 million in revenue to State coffers combined.
- In 2013, more than 1.2 million state-raised fish (trout, salmon) were stocked in Connecticut’s waters.
- Anglers went fishing in Connecticut a total of 4.4 million days, with an average of 14 days per angler. Total fishing-related expenditures in Connecticut amounted to more than $436 million in 2011, according to federal estimates. That covered everything from sales of fishing poles and boats to hotel and motel charges for the estimated 65,000 out-of-state anglers who came to try their luck in Connecticut waters.
- Recreational fishing supports over 4,400 jobs in CT
- The state’s other two hatcheries — Quinebaug and Burlington — are at full capacity and cannot take on the continued propagation of the legacy strain of Connecticut River Atlantic Salmon, the Seeforellens.