After 30 years at the helm of the Pemberton trout hatchery, Tony Church has hung up his waders.
Tony finished up as manager of the historic hatchery, now known as the Freshwater Research Centre, at the end of last month.
He plans to stay in Pemberton, at least in the near future, as he enjoys a well-earned rest.
Freshwater anglers in WA owe a huge debt of gratitude to Tony, who joined the Department of Fisheries and Fauna in 1973 as a temporary technical assistant at the Pemberton Trout Hatchery. In 1985, Tony took on the role of hatchery manager. Since then he has been responsible for the mass production of Rainbow and Brown Trout in the hatchery ponds for stocking through the South-West.
Tony has also been the man responsible for delivering those fish to the various waterways chosen for stocking.
In recent years, the hatchery has also taken on an increased role in the area of native fish species.
Overall, Tony has bred and stocked more than 21 million fish in his time as hatchery manager, making him a very important figure in recreational fishing in WA and Recfishwest and all lovers of freshwater fishing in WA congratulate Tony on his efforts to help make fishing better!