Emrick Declares Victory for Local Anglers
MT. BETHEL – On the heels of a key decision made by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC), state Rep. Joe Emrick (R-Nazareth) is claiming victory for anglers in the 137th Legislative District with the decision that has brought about continued stocking of Martins Creek.

“Those of us who fish local waters and have a first-hand look at what is in them have debated the science, or lack thereof, behind the threat to discontinue stocking our local streams,” Emrick said. “This is a simple case of people voicing their opinions and the commission listening and reacting accordingly. As an outdoor enthusiast, I’m thrilled with the decision.”

On Jan. 22, the PFBC’s Board of Commissioners voted to designate a number of Pennsylvania stream sections, including Martins Creek, as Class A wild trout streams based on the high biomass of wild brown trout found in them. Despite this designation, PFBC will continue the stocking of adult trout in Martins Creek from its east and west branches to the Bangor Sewage Treatment Plant.

“So many people deserve credit for the continued stocking of these streams,” emphasized Emrick. “President Mike Topping and Lee Marsh of the Northampton County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs fought hard for them, as did the Blue Valley Times’ Mike Ortoski, who lives adjacent to Martins Creek and has helped promote the issue.

“I also need to recognize all of the anglers who logged on to my website, www.RepEmrick.com, and signed the petitions that were posted in favor of keeping Martins Creek stocked.”

Questions about this event or any legislative issue should be directed to Emrick’s Mt. Bethel office at (570) 897-0401 or his Nazareth office at (610) 746-5090.

Representative Joe Emrick
137th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Scott Little
RepEmrick.com / Facebook.com/RepEmrick
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