Fish Hatcheries are places constructed specifically for the breeding, hatching, and rearing through the early life stages of animals; specifically finish and shellfish. Such hatcheries are responsible for the production of larval and juvenile fish, which are then primarily utilized to support the aquaculture industry. Once the juvenile fish have reached adulthood, they will then be transferred from the hatchery to a more on-gowing system such as a fish farm until there harvest size is reached. Some species that are commonly raised in fish hatcheries include Pacific oysters, shrimp, Indiam prawns, salmon, tilapia, and scallops.
With the rise of the fish hatchery industry also came an increased interest in the ability to supplement exploited stocks of fish. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service believes that by releasing juveniles they could then be wild caught and reared in bur series before transplanting ever happens. It is because of this and many other beliefs that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has established a National Fish Hatchery System to support the conservation of native fish species.
The Reynoldsdale PA State Fish Hatchery is a part of the National Fish Hatchery System. It is a P.A. State Fish Hatchery that is located one mile northwest of the town of Reynoldsdale in Bedford County. It was originally constructed in 1928, the Reynoldsdale PA State Fish Hatchery is situated on 25 developed acres of land that is solely owned and operated by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and managed by the Fish and Boat Commission. The hatchery consists primarily of many earthen ponds, concrete and earthen raceways, and a hatchery building that contains a fiberglass and concrete tank also housing vertical flow incubator tubes.
Often times, State Fish Hatcheries, like that of Reynoldsdale are privileged to have a natural occurring water supply facility. Reynoldsdale State Fish Hatchery receives its water supply from a 1,350 gpm covered spring known as Spring Meadow Run. It is because of this natural spring that the facility is able to maintain such a high trout production rate at 161,932 lbs. Reynoldsdale is responsible for the production and stocking of the following species of trout: Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, and Golden Rainbow Trout. This task yields them with an average production cost of $3.42 per pound and is one of the many reasons why they are one of the better known PA State Fish Hatcheries. You can visit the Reynoldsdale PA State Fish Hatchery, walk the grounds, visit the many displays, and enjoy a picnic lunch.
Reynoldsdale PA State Fish Hatchery
162 Fish Hatchery Road
New Paris, PA 15554
Hours: 8:00am - 3:30pm