Happy 100 Years Saratoga National Fish Hatchery!
The Saratoga National Fish Hatchery in Saratoga, Wyoming is celebrating its 100th year of operation this year. Festivities will take place July 3 – 5.
The hatchery’s role of egg production has remained throughout most of its history. Fish species produced include various strains of trout (brook, rainbow, brown, golden, cutthroat, lake trout and Dolly Varden (Arctic char), as well as kokanee salmon.
A current major mission of the hatchery is to produce lake trout eggs in an effort to restore that species to the Great Lakes and producing Yellowstone cutthroat trout for stocking in waters of the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming. The hatchery also raises the endangered Wyoming toad.
3,300 pallid sturgeon tagged in effort to save species
In an annual effort to help save the endangered pallid sturgeon, 13 fish biologists recently tagged more than 3,000 pallid sturgeon at the Neosho National Fish Hatchery in Missouri, to prepare them for release into the Missouri River. A database holds the specific serial number for each fish. Neosho says tagging will provide a great deal of information about pallid sturgeon movements and growth when caught later in life.
Summer Fishing Fun in Kansas City!
The morning sun was out and the temperature creeping from warm to hot as more than 200 children and their families arrived at Spring Valley Park in Kansas City, Missouri ready for some summer fishing fun. Hosted by Urban American Outdoors and Kansas City Parks and Recreation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was on-hand to assist. Staff from Neosho National Fish Hatchery and members of their friends group were a pivotal part of the day, stocking the pond with channel catfish from Tishomingo National Fish Hatchery in Oklahoma and bringing dozens of fishing rods and boxes of bait to share with participants.
Bringing Back a Beauty
The Genoa National Fish Hatchery in Wisconsin provides more than 30 million fish, eggs and mussels of more than 26 species to meet conservation and research needs all across the country, from New Mexico to Georgia. And now the hatchery is raising the federally endangered Hine’s emerald dragonfly, the only dragonfly on the Endangered Species list.
Dragonflies play an important role in nature. They catch and eat small flying insects, including mosquitoes, biting flies and gnats. In their immature stage (larvae), dragonflies are an important food source for larger aquatic animals such as fish. They also serve as excellent water quality watchdogs.
Service Proposes Expansion of Hunting and Fishing Opportunities on National Wildlife Refuges
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe today announced as part of Great Outdoors Month the agency is proposing to expand fishing and hunting opportunities on 21 refuges throughout the National Wildlife Refuge System. The proposed rule also modifies existing refuge-specific regulations for more than 100 additional refuges and wetland management districts.
“The Service is committed to strengthening and expanding hunting and fishing opportunities,” said Ashe. “By expanding hunting and fishing programs across the Refuge System we are furthering a rich tradition of providing quality recreational opportunities to the American people. These programs support local economies, help people connect with the outdoors, and encourage people to value nature.”