For Immediate Release - April 11, 2011

Students and Environmental Officials to Take Part in a Three-Day Trout Stocking Event at Quabbin Reservoir

MEDIA ADVISORY

What

State officials and local students from Hardwick, Shutesbury and Petersham will help kick off the spring fishing season by releasing around 4,500 rainbow trout as part of an effort to stock 5000 fish in the reservoir this season. Quabbin Reservoir is scheduled to open for fishing season Saturday, April 16. This event is part of a program that distributes various species of trout to 500 bodies of water throughout the Commonwealth annually. This year, the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) will release more than 529,000 trout produced at state-operated hatcheries in Belchertown, Montague, Sandwich, and Sunderland. Quabbin Reservoir covers 39 square miles and holds 412 billion gallons of water that provides drinking water for more than two million people.

Who

Department of Fish & Game Commissioner Mary Griffin (Mon. & Tues.)
Department of Conservation & Recreation Commissioner Ed Lambert (Mon.)

When

Monday, April 11, 2011; 9:30 a.m.
Quabbin Gate 8 with students from Shutesbury Elementary School

Tuesday, April 12, 2011; 9:00 a.m.
Quabbin Gate 31 with students from Petersham Elementary School

Wednesday, April 13, 2011; 9:30 a.m.
Quabbin Gate 43 with students from Hardwick Elementary School