Thousands of Fish Find Home at Salt River Fields
June 24, 2010
SALT RIVER PIMA-MARICOPA INDIAN COMMUNITY – Before professional baseball moves into Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, thousands of scaly new occupants have already made their move to the new Spring Training home for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies.
Earlier this month, more than 17,000 fish were delivered to the construction site and now reside in a new man-made lake at the site. The lake, which measure about three acres, is now home to 9,000 Minnows; 6,000 Gold Fish, 900 Catfish, 900 Blue Gill, 450 Large Mouth Bass and 80 Grass Carp.
The fish will be used to help keep the lake’s eco system clean and for insect control.
“The fish can eat different larvae, insects and also control algae. It’s an all-natural way to keep the lake clean without using chemicals like insecticide or algaecide,” said Heather Swanson, construction project manager with SRPMIC Engineering and Construction Services.
The fish were brought in from Browns Fish Farm & Supply, a licensed fish hatchery located in Pima, Arizona, just west of Safford. Though the fish are now as small as 2 and half-inches, they are expected to grow into normal sized fish as they mature, Swanson said.
The lake, located at the southwest section of the 143-acre site, will be used to irrigate the main stadium and practice fields. Featuring natural landscaping, the lake will also serve as a recreation spot for SRPMIC members, baseball fans and visitors to Salt River Fields.
Opening in early 2011, Salt River Fields will feature an 11,000 seat main stadium, 12 practice fields, clubhouses and concessions. Salt River Fields will become the first Major League spring training facility in the U.S. to be built on Indian land.