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Fish pens fate soon to be decided


Volunteers in June 2015 get ready to release tens of thousands of fish in Banks Lake, after having fed them all winter in POWER's net pen operation. - Scott Hunter photo

State wildlife authorities will try to help a local group find a way to keep operating the fish-raising pens that release 300,000 fish a year into Banks Lake, but that may come to an end if volunteers aren't found to run them, which has implications for the fishing culture in the area.

"We're going to see what we can do to help them out," said Mike Schmuck, a fish biologist with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife District 5, in Adams and Grant counties. He said they would make an effort to find people to operate the pens.

The net pens are operated by POWER, which stands for Promote...

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