NSW Government’s $8 million Gaden Trout Hatchery upgrade

THE NSW Government has invested more than $8 million in state-of-the-art upgrades to the Gaden Trout Hatchery in Jindabyne to help futureproof NSW’s iconic trout fishing sector that contributes to regional development across the state.

The commitment of the Government to recreational fishing and sustainable regional development is demonstrated through this significant multi-million-dollar upgrade to the hatchery’s production
capabilities and tourist facilities.

The Gaden Trout Hatchery sits by the Thredbo River and is one of Australia’s main centres for
breeding and rearing popular freshwater sportfish including rainbow trout, brown trout, brook
trout, tiger trout and Atlantic salmon.

Each year almost three million trout and salmon are produced at the Government’s hatcheries in
Jindabyne and Ebor and stocked across streams, lakes and rivers to boost recreational fishing
opportunities. This is a major driver in attracting visitors to regional NSW.

Upgrades include a new hatchery featuring hi-tech Recirculating Aquaculture Systems that control
water temperatures to allow faster and more efficient fingerling production, management of
broodstock and capacity to rapidly rebuild fisheries following adverse environmental conditions
such as drought or flood.

In addition to the upgrades to the hatchery, onsite education and visitor facilities have been
expanded to ensure that Gaden Trout Hatchery continues to be a popular destination for tourism
and recreational fishing education.

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