New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, APRIL 12, 2011:
DEPARTMENT SEEKS INFORMATION ABOUT FISH THEFT
RATON – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is seeking information about the theft of dozens of game fish at Stubblefield Lake in northeastern New Mexico.
Most of the stolen fish, believed to be walleye, were removed from Department nets pulled to shore late Friday, April 8, or early Saturday, April 9. The Department traps walleye every spring to collect eggs and milt from the spawning fish. The eggs are fertilized and then taken to the Rock Lake Hatchery, where they are hatched and later stocked in various lakes.
Department officers also are investigating littering and damage to property that occurred at the scene at the time of the fish thefts.
The Department is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest or criminal charges in the case. Callers can remain anonymous by calling the Operation Game Thief Hotline at (800) 432-4263.
BOATERS: EXPECT ROADBLOCKS STATEWIDE TO INSPECT FOR INVASIVE SPECIES
The Department of Game and Fish will be conducting roadblocks to inspect boats and related equipment for aquatic invasive species at popular reservoirs during the 2011 boating season. Officers will establish roadblocks to contact boaters and ensure that vessels and gear are invasive-species free.
To stop aquatic hitchhikers, the best safety practice is: “Clean. Drain. Dry. Every time.”
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