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COLEMAN NFH: Coleman National Fish Hatchery Hosts Science Panel
California-Nevada Offices , April 9, 2013
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Scott Hamelberg (left, gesturing), Coleman NFH Project Leader, at the newly renovated barrier weir and fish ladder with Science Panel and TAC members
Scott Hamelberg (left, gesturing), Coleman NFH Project Leader, at the newly renovated barrier weir and fish ladder with Science Panel and TAC members - Photo Credit: USFWS

By Marc Provencher

As part of the peer review process for the Coleman National Fish Hatchery Adaptive Management Plan (CNFH-AMP),  a panel of scientists toured  the hatchery complex on April 9, 2013.

The Science Panel is comprised of independent, academic, and state experts in the fields of salmonid ecology, population dynamics, and hatchery risk assessment. The panel, along with a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), is developing the CNFH-AMP which will provide science-based solutions and processes for making decisions concerning hatchery operations.

A major focus of the CNFH-AMP is to maximize compatibility of hatchery operations and programs with the ongoing Battle Creek Restoration Project. The tour provided Science Panel and TAC members the opportunity to view the many significant modifications to hatchery infrastructure that were specifically designed to assist with integration of the facility and the restoration project. These modifications include: the construction of a state-of-the-art ozone water treatment plant, water intake remodeling, fish ladder and barrier weir renovation, and improved fish screening that meets federal and state guidelines.

The ongoing development of an Adaptive Management Plan, large-scale renovation of hatchery infrastructure, and the recently completed Hatchery Scientific Review Group (HSRG) process, all highlight the extensive efforts by hatchery management to integrate operations of Coleman NFH with the Battle Creek Restoration Project while meeting hatchery mitigation goals through the use of best-science practices.

Coleman National Fish Hatchery is located in Anderson, California, on Battle Creek, a tributary of the Sacramento River. The hatchery is open for self-guided tours seven days a week, from 7:30 a.m. to dusk. During the months of October and November guided tours are available for groups on spawning days. For more information, or to schedule a tour please contact the hatchery at (530) 365-8622 or visit their website at http://www.fws.gov/coleman/.

Marc Provencher is a fish biologist at the Coleman National Fish Hatchery in Anderson, Calif.


Contact Info: marc provencher, , marc_provencher@fws.gov



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