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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 19, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta lalurdoy, February 19, 1972 THE LETHBRIDGE HERAID 33 Alberta farmers find out raising rainbow trout not profitable CALGAJIY (CP) Raising rainbow in prairie pot- holes, an idea which promise for farmers Uvo years ago, seems in dan- ger of going belly-up. 'ITic problem is tliat loo many of Uic fish did just Lliat :.hcy died, often for unex- plrinablc reasons. Afler biologists of (he pro- vincial fish and wildlife divi- sion carried out a two-year study of 23 ponds, they con- cluded trout farming not appear to be a profit- able venture." The Freshwater Fish Mar- keting Corp. estimates that to break even operators would have to get back in the au- tumn 50 per cent of the fish they planted in the spring. To make a 10-p e r -c c n t profit, they would need a 50- pen-cent return. But the government biolo- gisLs reported that returns in 1970 from IB ponds ranged from zero to 42.5 per cent an average of 17.8 per cent. In 1971, returns were be- tween zero and 23.3 per cent with an average of II.a per cent. fn one of the ponds last year, all the fish died from a lack of oxygen in August; in another, a flood wiped out all the Irout and Ji a third, they died from an unknown cause. ATE FINGBRLINOS An apparent blessing at one pond, several large trout sur- viving through the winter, be- came a disaster when ihw gobbled up the fingcrlings which were supposed to be- come the 1971 hirvest. On a cost basis, the venture was not any more encourag- ing with the biologists losing 78 per cent of their menl, not counting labor. They spent to raise pounds of fish. None of the ponds producer! n profit with losses ranging from per cent of fbs invest- ment to 100 per cent. Costs in- cluded the price of fingcr- lings, commercial fish farm licencc.'i, fish Ixixes, anchors, ice lor packing the harvested fish and transportation expen- ses. The report is not entirely pessimistic and says larger fish may have a better chance of survival. Studies at tlic University of Manitoba have produced bet- ter results with yields of 120 pounds an acre uiing finger- lings and fry. Commercial fishermen In Lake Winnipeg gel about three pounds an acre. DIDN'T SUCCEED Dave Bates, president of the Calgary Fish and Game Asso- ciation, said his mm attempt at raising fi.sh "commer- cially in no degree a suc- cess." Some of Hie problem, he said, could be that Ihe provin- cial government Is "too strictivc." If farmers were al- lowed to divert streams into ponds on their land, fi.'.h would stand a better of survival. "The Moll that has it all" MONDAY, PERSONAL SHOPPING ONLY PLEASE! MACLEOD FUEL 3 PLY CAMBRIDGE IOCOIATES asserted 51 Jeans Si_lo6x...........Poirl49 Chocolates Dai .49 I ,49 Freshabyes Sheared velvet Each Box iry Box 1-lb. 20-oz............. Each Each and 6 glasses Set ,49 ,49 ,49 2 inch Each 9 4.49 latex......... Quart P Air Freshener Box for ,49 He Screw Driver Each 1 ,49 Valves ,49 'Each Facial Tissue 200's Royale Toilet Tissue 4 roll pack 2 for 1 M Royale Super Towels 3 r 13-01. tin Reg. 99c Potato Chips Mixed Nmts Listerieie Lozenge Jergens Lotion Revlon Shampoo 2-lbs. Reg. 1.99 Old Dulch K Reg. S9c pkg. pkgs. ,49 JOHNSON and JOHNSON 60's, Reg. 98c for .49 for 2.59