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November 30, 2012

30,000 redbreast sunfish stocked in Black River

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) utilized a specially equipped fish hauling truck to stock 30,000 redbreast sunfish fingerlings at Red's Landing on the Black River between Williamsburg and GeorgetownSen. Yancey McGill (bottom L), Rep. Carl Anderson (bottom R) counties on Nov. 29. All of the fingerlings were produced at the Dennis Wildlife Center Fish Hatchery in Bonneau.

The DNR Freshwater Fisheries Section annually stocks from seven to 10 million fish in state waters, including striped and hybrid bass, largemouth and smallmouth bass, channel and blue catfish, bluegill, redbreast, redear sunfish (shellcracker), and rainbow, brook, and brown trout. Anglers in South Carolina spend almost $742 million to fish each year, making the sport, with economic multipliers factored in, a billion dollar business in the Palmetto State.

The Black River flows through the Coastal Plain of South Carolina. The headwaters originate in Lee County south of the town of Bishopville and the river flows southeasterly through the counties of Sumter, Clarendon, and Williamsburg for 150 miles as it makes its way to join with the Great Pee Dee River in Georgetown County.

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