Edenton National Fish Hatchery
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Welcome to the Edenton National Fish Hatchery

The Edenton National Fish Hatchery, located in the historic port town of Edenton, North Carolina, has been producing fish for public use and restoration since the Hatchery was established in 1898. Enjoy your visit to our site,and be sure to plan a trip to learn more about our programs in person.



Conserving America's Fisheries


Hatchery Goals

American Shad in holding tank Provide American shad (Alossa sapidissima) for interjurisdictional fishery restoration of the Roanoke River system.

Provide other species (largemouth bass, bluegill, channel catfish, etc) to State partners on an as needed basis.

Provide technical assistance and research on culture and propagation of new and imperiled aquatic species.

Provide fishery management assistance to National Wildlife Refuges in the Carolinas and Virginia.

Provide fishery management assistance in state waters of the Chowan / Nottoway / Meherrin / Blackwater River system.



Atlantic Striped BassHatchery Quick Facts

Established in 1898

Six full time staff

Budget (2008): $556,386

Hatchery size: 63.5 acres, 25 acres water

Public Aquarium

Warm water hatchery (the fish raised here do best in temperatures above 65 degrees Fahrenheit).

Tagged fish from Edenton NFH have been caught off the Atlantic coastline from North Carolina to as far north as Massachusetts.

Last updated: May 10, 2010