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U.S. Fish & Wildlife Announces Species Recovery Champions

USFWS Mountain-Prairie Region Recovery Champions "Service Award" winners Dr. Molly Webb Kappenman and Kevin Kappenman, seen here doing an ultrasound on a pallid sturgeon at the Bozeman Fish Technology Center.
Credit: Kevin Kappenman/USFWS
USFWS Mountain-Prairie Region Recovery Champions "Service Award" winners Dr. Molly Webb Kappenman and Kevin Kappenman, seen here doing an ultrasound on a pallid sturgeon at the Bozeman Fish Technology Center. Credit: Kevin Kappenman/USFWS

DENVER, Colo. – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) today recognized individuals and teams for their exceptional efforts to conserve and protect the nation's rarest fish, wildlife, and plants by designating them as the 2014 Recovery Champions. Among the award winners honored were The June Sucker Recovery Implementation Program, and the husband and wife team of Dr. Molly Webb Kappenman and Mr. Kevin Kappenman, both biologists at the Bozeman Fish Technology Center.

"If we want to sustain the diversity and abundance of our nation's fish, wildlife and plants for future generations, we have to find places for them to coexist with humans on the landscape. That's why wildlife conservation is as much about working with people as it is about protecting animals and habitat," said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe. "The leaders we honor as Recovery Champions understand that crucial truth, and continue to build and strengthen partnerships with community leaders and institutions to make a real difference for imperiled wildlife."

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New Long-Term Funding Announced for Federal Trout Hatchery Operation, Stocking Program

Monday, May 11, 2015 | 10:13 am

 (From left) TVA President and Chief Executive Bill Johnson, Senator Lamar Alexander, TWRA Executive Director Ed Carter, USFWS Southeast Deputy Regional Director Mike Oetker, and Georgia DNR Regional Fisheries Supervisor Jeff Durniak.
TWRA Executive Director Ed Carter addresses guests in attendance at the Erwin National Fish Hatchery this morning where Senator Lamar Alexander announced a multi-agency agreement to provide long-term funding for trout production and stocking in TVA tailwaters and reservoirs in Tennessee and Georgia.

ERWIN, Tenn. --- The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, the Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GADNR) joined U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander and leaders from the Tennessee Valley Authority in an announcement to provide long-term funding for trout production and stocking in 13 TVA dam tailwaters and reservoirs in Tennessee and Georgia.

The announcement for the multi-agency agreement to the USFWS came in a press conference at the Erwin National Fish Hatchery on Monday(May 11). The agreement ensures popular trout stocking programs in the region will continue beyond 2016, when a temporary TVA funding agreement reached in 2013 is set to expire.

The agreement supports continued TVA reservoir and tailwater stocking of non-native trout that are raised at three federal fish hatcheries operated by the USFWS: Erwin National Fish Hatchery in Erwin, Tenn.; Dale Hollow National Fish Hatchery in Celina, Tenn., and Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery in Suches, Ga. The hatcheries produce 1.5 million trout annually for stocking.

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Aquaculture Drug Update:

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The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service Aquatic Animal Drug Approval Partnership (AADAP) Program is releasing the 2nd Edition of the Quick Desk Reference Guide to: Approved Drugs for Use in Aquaculture.  Originally published in 2011 with support from the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and the American Fisheries Society Fish Culture and Fish Health Sections, the Desk Reference was provided free-of-charge to the many AADAP partners and stakeholders.  The Desk References proved wildly popular:  1,100 of the 1st edition were made available, and all were spoken for in less than 2 days!  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted several new drug approvals since publication of the 1st edition, and the 2nd edition reflects all of these important advances in fish health management.  Thanks to generous contributions from external partners, AADAP was able to produce and will be shipping 2,000+ of the 2nd edition to our partners across the country.  The 2nd edition Desk Reference is available for distribution now—they will go fast, so be sure to submit your request for a copy right away!

If you are interested in receiving a copy of the 2nd edition Desk Reference booklet, please contact Ms. Niccole Wandelear and provide her the following information:

1) Your first and last name,
2) Your organization,
3) Your current FedEx address (or street address; no PO Boxes please),
4) A phone number,
5) The number of booklets you’d like. 


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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Recognizes Vandenberg Air Force Base as 2015 Military Conservation Partner Award Winner

30th Space Wing (Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
photo of 30th Space Wing (Vandenberg Air Force Base, California

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recognized Vandenberg Air Force Base as this year’s recipient of the prestigious Military Conservation Partner Award during a ceremony held today at the 30th Space Wing in central California.

“We value our many partnerships with the military and appreciate the role military lands play in conserving fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats across the United States,” said Service Director Dan Ashe. “By supporting threatened and endangered species recovery, actively leading and contributing to habitat restoration activities, and building the scientific foundation for future conservation efforts, Vandenberg Air Force Base is leading the way for proactive conservation efforts on military lands.”

The Military Conservation Partner Award is a national award presented once a year to a military installation whose efforts represent significant conservation accomplishments achieved in partnership with the Service and other conservation agencies.

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A High Tech Quest for the “Forgotten Fish”

By Dan Spencer, USFWS biologist, Lacey WA.

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Pacific Lamprey just want to be loved, is that so wrong?
Extreme Close-up! Pacific Lamprey just want to be loved, is that so wrong?

It’s conservation science, fun facts and the Amazing Race all wrapped up in one smartphone friendly adventure!  The Fisheries Division of the Washington Fish & Wildlife Office (USFWS) has designed and implemented this successful geocaching program aimed to raise awareness of and support for the “forgotten fish.”  Aligned with the USFWS Connecting People With Nature and the DOI Youth Initiatives, this program demonstrates that technology can actually be a useful tool for increasing nature connectivity. 

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Last updated: May 18, 2015