Ever wonder what it costs to produce a stocked trout in Pennsylvania? The PA Fish & Boat Commission (PFBC) released the results of a comprehensive cost analysis.
Results from a Fish & Boat Commission (PFBC) stocked trout cost study (appendices) show that the agency spends approximately $2.17 to produce an average adult trout, an amount less than that charged by commercial trout hatcheries. Overall, the Commission spends approximately $12.4 million per year to provide more than 6 million of the popular game fish, including fingerlings and adults.
From the PFBC Website
The question that I have is: What is the cost to the wild trout that are stocked over? Wouldn’t it be great to see a policy where wild trout streams are no longer stocked? I understand that this is a politically charged idea but why not dream a little dream?