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District to start annual fish sale

CANFIELD — The Mahoning County Soil and Water Conservation District is getting ready for its annual spring fish sale.

The sale is an initiative to advance water quality and support area pond and lake owners.

Orders for fingerling-size fish are due to the district office by 4 p.m. May 7. Individuals must pre-order.

Pickup will be 1 to 2 p.m. May 11 at the Canfield Fairgrounds.

Species available for purchase are largemouth bass, bluegill, hybrid bluegill, channel catfish, yellow perch, redear shellcrackers, minnows, white amur and Japanese koi. Fish food and larger perch also will be offered.

“Fish can offer many benefits, including helping sustain water quality,” said Kathleen Vrable-Bryan, district administrator. “We are happy to see the community embrace this conservation initiative and work toward promoting a healthy ecosystem in our local ponds and lakes.”

Orders can be placed with the district office by phone at 330-740-7995.

On pick-up day, each participant will need to bring a lined container (30-gallon trash can lined with a trash bag) filled with water from the pond where the fish will live. It should be large enough to be able to tie the bag at top. The district office recommends five to eight gallons of water per 100 fish. Five gallons of water are recommended for every two white amur.

The Mahoning County Soil and Water Conservation District, established in 1950, is staffed by a small team of environmental professionals who lead efforts in community and school outreach, stormwater control, watershed protection, pond management and more. The District is governed by a five-member volunteer board of supervisors and maintains offices at 850 Industrial Road in Youngstown.

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