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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 19, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Jalurdoy, February 19, 1972 -THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 33 Alberta farmers find out raising rainbow trout not profitable CALGARY (CP) rainbow in prairie pot- holes, an idea which bold promise for Alberts farmers two years ago, seems in dan- ger of going belly-up. The problem is that too many of the fish did just that died, often for unex- picinablc reasons. After biologists of the pro- vincial fish and wildlife divi- sion carried out a two-year study of 28 ponds, they con- cluded trout farming "does 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 60 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 su- per-cent return. But the government biolo- gists reported that returns in 1070 from 18 ponds ranged from zero to 42.5 per cent with an average of 17.8 per cent. In 1971, returns were be- tween zero and 29.3 per cent with an average of 8.8 per cent. In 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 trout and Ji a third, they died from an unknown cause. ATE FINGERL1NOS An apparent blessing at one pond, several large trout sur- viving through the winter, be- came a disaster when they gobbled up the fingerlings which were supposed to be- come the 1971 harvest. On a cost basis, the venture was not any more encourag- ing with the biologists losing 78 per cent of their invest- ment, not counting labor. They spent to raise pounds of fish. None of the ponds produced a profit with losses ranging from 46 per cent of tha invest- ment to 100 per cent. Costs in- cluded the price of finger- lings, commercial fish farm licences, fish Ixjxes, anchors, ice for 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 the University of Manitoba have produced bet- ter results with yields of 120 pounds an acre using finger- lings and fry. Commercial fishermen in Lake Winnipeg get about three pounds an acre. DIDN'T SUCCEED Dave Bales, president of the Calgary Fish and Game Asso- ciation] said his own attempt at raising fish v.-.is "commer- cially in no degree a suc- cess." Some of the problem, he said, could be that the provin- cial government Is "too f> striclive." If farmers were al- lowed to divert streams into ponds on their own land, fi.'.h would stand a hotter chanco of survival. "The Mall that has it all" DAY MONDAY, ACLEOD PERSONAL SHOPPING ONLY PLEASE! OCOLATE Sizes 4 to 6x Chocolates Sheared velvet Freshabyes Air Freshener Each Box ,49 ,49 Box 3 .49 ond 6 glasses Set 2 inch latex for ic Screw Each and Taps .49 .49 .49 .49 Each Facial Tissues 2-lbs. Reg. 1.99 .43 200's Old Dutch Reg. S9c pka. Royale Toilet Tissue 4 roll pack 2for Royale Super Towels 3 r 13-oz. tin Reg. 99c Potato Chip Mixed Naifs Listerisie Lozenge Jergens Lotion Revlon 21 for I .49 ,49 JOHNSON and JOHNSON eO's, Reg. 98c .49 for 1 .49 for .49 fl. 2.59 Reg. 1.75 ma for 1 1 .49 .49 J-Cloths ;