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White Sulphur Springs National Fish Hatchery Produces Over 7 Million Rainbow Trout Eggs in 2006
Northeast Region, September 30, 2006
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Female rainbow trout being artificially spawned at White Sulphur Springs National Fish Hatchery.  Credit: Catherine Gatenby/USFWS.
Female rainbow trout being artificially spawned at White Sulphur Springs National Fish Hatchery.  Credit: Catherine Gatenby/USFWS. - Photo Credit: n/a
Tom Watkins and Mike White spawn rainbow trout at White Sulphur Springs National Fish Hatchery.  Credit:  Catherine Gatenby/USFWS.
Tom Watkins and Mike White spawn rainbow trout at White Sulphur Springs National Fish Hatchery.  Credit:  Catherine Gatenby/USFWS. - Photo Credit: n/a

The White Sulphur Springs National Fish Hatchery distributed over 7 million rainbow trout eggs to federal, state and tribal fish hatcheries in 2006 as part of the National Broodstock Program.  Hatcheries across the country rely on the supply of disease-free eggs distributed through the National Broodstock Program. 

Two strains of rainbow trout are raised at the White Sulphur Springs hatchery to produce eggs for distribution.  These fish first make eggs at 2 years of age.  Each female produces approximately 2,500 eggs per year.  Eggs collected during the spawning season are fertilized and incubated to the eyed-stage (the eye of the fish is visible through the egg).  Eyed eggs are packed in coolers containing ice and shipped by air to the receiving hatcheries where the eggs are hatched and the young fish are raised for planting in streams and rivers.

Fish raised from eggs produced at the White Sulphur Springs hatchery may be used for recreational fisheries, broodstock development, research, and education. The White Sulphur Springs hatchery's goal is to support federal, state and tribal hatcheries in providing quality opportunities for recreational enjoyment of aquatic resources.


Contact Info: Jennifer Lapis, (413) 253-8303, jennifer_lapis@fws.gov



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