Naval Base Kitsap Releases Rainbow Trout for Earth Day

Story Number: NNS130420-01Release Date: 4/20/2013 9:25:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice William Blees, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West, Det. Northwest

SILVERDALE, Wash. (NNS) -- Naval Base Kitsap (NBK) Bangor participated in a fish transfer at Trident Lake to commemorate Earth Day 2013, April 19.

A total of 1,143 rainbow trout were released into Trident Lake, with sizes ranging from 9-10 inches. The fish transfer was coordinated with Nisqually Trout Farm, Inc.

"Trout do well in the Northwest, and they provide family fun recreation activity for armed forces families," said John Stoker, partial owner of Nisqually Trout Farms, Inc. "It also allows an opportunity to view the wildlife that eats the trout, like eagles."

The fish are brought in to stock Trident Lake twice a year, once in April and again in August. Nisqually Trout Farm breeds approximately half a million trout a year and transfer them using their own trucks.

"Bringing the fish in allows our service members and families on base to spend time together enjoying the outdoors and fishing," said Allison Walters, environmental administrative technician at Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest. "This is a great opportunity for families to get out of the house."

The fish transfer project is one of many examples of how Navy Region Northwest is dedicated to preserving the natural environment. In 2009, NBK was recognized along with Keyport with the Presidential Award for Leadership in Federal Energy Management.

Nisqually Trout Farms, Inc., located in Olympia, Wash., has been supplying rainbow trout to stock ponds, lakes, and other trout farms in Washington and Oregon for more than 60 years.

The Department of the Navy Earth Day theme for 2013 is "Global Reach - Local Action." The theme is designed to encourage Sailors, Marines and DoD civilians to take local action to show the Navy's dedication to protecting the environment.

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