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A Historic Moment for Neosho National Fish Hatchery
Midwest Region, October 17, 2006
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An incoming pallid broodfish in swims in a tank at the Neosho NFH. 
- FWS photo by David E. Hendrix
An incoming pallid broodfish in swims in a tank at the Neosho NFH.

- FWS photo by David E. Hendrix

- Photo Credit: n/a
(left to right) Bruce Drecktrah, Assistant Manager of the Blind Pony SFH; Gary Heidrich, Hatchery Manager of the Blind Pony SFH; David E. Hendrix, Hatchery Manager of the Neosho NFH; Ralph Simmons, Fishery Biologist at the Neosho NFH; and Jaime Pacheco, Fishery Biologist at the Neosho NFH, pose for a photo after delivery of a pallid broodfish.
- Photo by Kay Hively of the Daily News
(left to right) Bruce Drecktrah, Assistant Manager of the Blind Pony SFH; Gary Heidrich, Hatchery Manager of the Blind Pony SFH; David E. Hendrix, Hatchery Manager of the Neosho NFH; Ralph Simmons, Fishery Biologist at the Neosho NFH; and Jaime Pacheco, Fishery Biologist at the Neosho NFH, pose for a photo after delivery of a pallid broodfish.

- Photo by Kay Hively of the Daily News

- Photo Credit: n/a

It was a historic moment on October 17, when the first endangered pallid brood fish arrived at the Neosho NFH, from the Middle Basin of the Lower Missouri River. 

It was collected around the Liberty, Missouri, area and was delivered to Neosho by Gary Heidrich, Hatchery Manager of the Blind Pony State Fish Hatchery and his Assistant Manager, Gruce Drecktrah. 

Paul Horner, Resource Staff Scientist and staff with the Missouri Department of Conversation, collected this broodfish from the wild.  It did not have a tag at capture and was 33.8 inches in length and 5.1 pounds in weight. 

The Neosho NFH will be spawning pallid sturgeon broodfish for the first time this year. 


Contact Info: Larry Dean, 612-713-5312, Larry_Dean@fws.gov



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