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Mission "critical:" Coleman Fish Hatchery to remain open

By Vienna Montague, Producer
Published On: Oct 02 2013 10:14:55 PM CDT
Salmon Spawning Season
REDDING, Calif. -

The government shutdown came at the wrong time for the Coleman Fish Hatchery; luckily, they're able to stay open, at least for the fish.

Wednesday was the first day of spawning for the hatchery. Employees manned the facility to help spawn up to 30,000 fish.

They're on deadline; they only have until early November to complete their goal.

Coleman is charged with taking up to 14 million salmon eggs this year.

It isn't just the spawning either.

There are raceways filled with more than 1.5 million fall-run Salmon and juvenile Steelhead Fingerlings that need care and feeding.

The hatchery will still be closed to the public, and if the shutdown drags on too long,  the Annual Salmon Festival scheduled for October 19th will have to be canceled.