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A Tribute to the Hard Work of Biologist Heidi Keuler

Service biologist Heidi Keuler is coordinator of the Fishers & Farmers Partnership for the Upper Mississippi River Basin. Photo Credit: Minnesota DNR
Service biologist Heidi Keuler is coordinator of the Fishers & Farmers Partnership for the Upper Mississippi River Basin. Photo Credit: Minnesota DNR

The Fishers & Farmers Partnership for the Upper Mississippi River Basin (FFP) is a self-directed group of interested, non-governmental agricultural and conservation organizations, tribal organizations, and state and federal agencies working "to support locally led projects that add value to farms while restoring aquatic habitat and native fish populations." The Fishers & Farmers Partnership is organized and recognized under the National Fish Habitat Partnership (NFHP) and brings science and technical expertise to locally directed projects throughout the Upper Mississippi River Basin including Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin.

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What is the actual value of our nation’s fisheries?

Why should you care about fisheries in the United States? The Factual Fish Squeezer eloquently explains the economical, ecological, and cultural reasons in the following video. Dr. Jesse "Factual Fish Squeezer" Trushenski is a fisheries scientist, foodie, and fish culturist, or “fish squeezer” as they are affectionately known. The Factual Fish Squeezer is committed to communicating the facts about aquaculture.

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Restoring Lake Trout in the Upper Great Lakes

A spotlight on the efforts of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to rehabilitate lake trout in the Upper Great Lakes

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Be Inspired: Join us as we restore the Great Lakes




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A Hatchery Celebration!

The staff at Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery, 1914. Photo/USFWS
 The staff at Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery, 1914. Photo/USFWS

One of the oldest federal fish hatcheries in the U.S. is having a birthday. Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery, located in Maine, is celebrating 125 years. The hatchery was established in 1889 to raise and stock juvenile Atlantic salmon. Today, Craig Brook still raises and releases Atlantic salmon to recover the endangered species.


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National Fish Passage Program Partner of the Year 

Norman Bowers receiving the NFPP Partner of the Year award from Wayne Stancill, NFPP engineer.
Credit.USFWS
Norman Bowers receiving the  NFFP Partner of the Year award from Wayne Stancill,  NFPP engineer.

The National Fish Passage Program (NFPP) Partner of the Year award was recently presented to Norman Bowers, technical assistance engineer with the Kansas Association of Counties in Topeka, Kansas.

Mr. Bowers serves as liaison between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and various Kansas government entities involved with oversight and construction of road crossing and stream restoration projects. Bowers sponsored the first Culvert Installers Workshop conducted in Kansas and has developed a handbook on incorporating fish passage design into road crossings and stream stabilization projects. The handbook is made available to state, county, and private groups involved with design, construction, and/or oversight of road crossing projects.

Thanks to Norman Bowers, 11 road crossing and stream restoration projects in Kansas are using fish friendly culvert designs. His efforts have gone a long way to promote best management practices of culvert designs to inhibit further barriers from being constructed and for improving existing ones.  

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Living the [Genetic] Dream: Meet Christian Smith, Pacific Region Regional Geneticist

Christian Smith samples steelhead. Credit: USFWS
Christian Smith samples steelhead. Photo credit: USFWS

Rebecca Smith from our Pacific Region shares a profile of Regional Geneticist Christian Smith.

Christian Smith’s passion for conservation genetics first expressed itself in the forests and beaches of British Columbia. The Pacific Region’s newest regional geneticist grew up in the Gulf Islands, and first connected with nature when his grandmother took both him and his brother on nature walks and pointed out plants and animals.

It was a very rich experience for my brother and me,” says Smith.

A seven-year veteran at the Abernathy Fish Technology Center, Smith now leads a “genetic dream team” of scientists that use advanced technology to help the Service decipher the genetic code for such imperiled aquatic species as salmon and Devil’s hole pupfish, and make smart, cost-effective conservation decisions.


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Last updated: December 3, 2014