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Bo Ginn National Fish Hatchery and Aquarium

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) expects to bring the Bo Ginn National Fish Hatchery into operation in the spring of 2011.

Located in Millen, Georgia, halfway between Augusta and Savannah, the 127-acre Bo Ginn hatchery is a valuable asset for aquatic resource conservation in the Southeast. The hatchery accesses crystal clear springs that are estimated to flow between seven to nine million gallons per day.  It will serve as a refuge for threatened and endangered aquatic species and other rare species of concern.

Species of fish raised at the hatchery will depend on the particular needs at the time and will be in cooperation with partners, including the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.  Fish that occur in more than one state, such as striped bass, are priority species for the National Fish Hatchery System, and will likely be raised at Bo Ginn NFH. 

The Bo Ginn Aquarium at the hatchery has been operated by the Jenkins County Development Authority for the past year. The Service plans to continue that  partnership  and anticipates the aquarium will eventually become a fully functioning component of the hatchery.

In 1950, the FWS established the Millen National Fish Hatchery on the site. In 1988, it was renamed the Bo Ginn National Fish Hatchery and Aquarium in honor of Ronald “Bo” Ginn, who represented Georgia’s 1st District in Congress from 1972-1982.

In 1996, Bo Ginn ceased operation, and the FWS transferred use and occupancy of the hatchery to the state of Georgia. In December, 2009, Georgia transferred use of the hatchery back to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  The land itself has remained in federal ownership since 1948.

 

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The stream at Bo Ginn fish hatchery The aquarium at Bo Ginn fish hatchery
A spring-fed stream runs near the boundary between Bo Ginn National Fish Hatchery and Magnolia Springs State Park. The spring will help provide water when the hatchery re-opens. Photo by Phil Kloer/USFWS. The Bo Ginn Aquarium at the hatchery remains open, and is accessible from Magnolia Springs State Park. Photo by Phil Kloer/USFWS.

 

Last updated: August 20, 2010