As part of Cleveland Historical Society’s ongoing 2014 lecture series, we were honored to be visited by Richard Colesante. With over 30 years of service with the New York State Department of Conservation, Mr. Colesante spoke about the history of the Constantia fish hatchery and it’s relationship to Oneida Lake, as well as a multiple of other inter and intra state water bodies that are recipients of the hatchery’s services.
Accompanied by slides, photographs and lots of large numbers, Rip spoke to the significance that the hatchery has on the fish population that so many of us enjoy. According to scientific studies performed by Cornell University, two of every three walleye found in Oneida Lake are from fry provided by the hatchery. Combined with ground breaking research on alternative feeding methods implemented at the hatchery, Mr. Colesante and his colleagues at the hatchery have made the this local institution one of the most successful hatcheries in the country.
Our appreciation goes out to Rip for taking the time to speak with us. It made for a very informative and enjoyable evening.