Construction is well underway at the Iowa Department of Natural Resources' walleye egg-stripping station in Storm Lake. It is expected to be completed next month.
In the past, the DNR has utilized Casino Beach Marina for its fish netting, research and reproduction efforts toward restocking Storm Lake and other Iowa bodies of water. One of the problems is that the DNR had to set up all of its equipment, and then tear it down again once the season was over, said Lannie Miller, DNR fisheries biologist.
"It was an awful lot of work for us, besides getting fish and stripping them," Miller said. "It was a hardship for the marina people. We took over their shop, and they couldn't do a lot of their boat maintenance. It works out well for both parties."
Another advantage to the facility will be that fish will no longer be held in net cages in the marina, and will instead be in tanks inside the building.