is located in Cedarville State Forest in Brandywine. This facility has cultured
dozens of fish species. The property encompasses 180 acres of land, one water
supply reservoir, 28 fish production ponds, one fish culture building, a combination
building (garage, shop, office and laboratory) and two water supply wells.
Cedarville Hatchery grows warm water, cold water and anadromous
species for stocking in Maryland waters of the Chesapeake Bay. Current species
of interest are largemouth
bass, golden shiners, rainbow
shad, hickory shad,
yellow perch, hybrid
sunfish, redear sunfish, green sunfish and
walleye. Fish cultured at Cedarville Hatchery are used to satisfy various
program goals including restoration
of fish populations and enhancement of recreational fishing opportunities.
Cedarville Hatchery also works closely with Manning
Hatchery, which is located on the same premises.
Activity at this facility
is seasonal and intensive, so general individual hatchery tours or visits
cannot be accommodated. However, large groups can call the production manager
for potential tours.
Pritchett, Production Manager
Rte. 4 Box 106E
Brandywine, Maryland 20613
is composed of a hatchery, several out buildings, a reservoir and culture
ponds as shown in this aerial photo.
Ponds are monitored
frequently to ensure good water quality for fish growth. Fisheries Technician,
Luke Lyon, is sampling for zooplankton, the primary food for larval fish.
Ponds are also monitored for pH and dissolved oxygen levels.
The culture building
has concrete raceways for holding and grading fish of different sizes. Here,
DNR biologists Matt Baldwin, Jim Thompson and Don Pritchett, have collected
fish from a pond, placed them in a transport tank and delivered them to
the culture building for grading.