Fish and Aquatic Conservation

And You Thought We Only Raised Fish!


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You'll be surprised by the numerous and diverse educational opportunities that the National Fish Hatchery System provides. We help others learn about fish and other aquatic species and their habitats through outdoor learning areas, providing field study opportunities, hosting festivals and events and developing tools for teaching today's conservation ethic. We engage youths and adults through our Friends Groups, partnerships with states and tribes, and through various youth employment programs. Students, historians, scientists, and the lay person conduct research at the D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery and Archives that holds 175,000 historic items related to fisheries conservation. In all, these education opportunities will help us better understand the world around us, as well as impart joy and a sense of stewardship for natural resources for conservationists yet to come.


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Hatchery Helpers

This D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery and Archives sponsored program provides students in 6th – 8th grades an opportunity to learn about nature and conservation through experiences in volunteerism. Youth volunteers complete on-site projects while participating in wildlife conservation and outdoor education programs. Topics include electrofishing, bird banding, fly fishing, fish anatomy and more. The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, May 2nd, 2014.

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The Joy of Fishing: CASTing for Future Fishermen

The Pacific Region’s Fish and Aquatic Conservation program partnered with C.A.S.T or Catch a Special Thrill in 2013. Richard Hannan, Pacific Region’s Deputy Regional Director, writes about their event and what the day meant to him.

Other FAC/CAST events include:
Genoa National Fish Hatchery
Carterville Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office




Native Fish in the Classroom

The Southwest Region’s, Native Fish in the Classroom program provides local elementary and middle schools with curriculum, aquariums, native fish and biologist support. Participating classrooms are provided with fish native to their area, including: Rio Grande cutthroat trout (NM), Apache trout (AZ), Paddlefish (OK), Paddlefish (TX), or native fishes of the Middle Rio Grande (NM). The program generates enthusiasm for natural resources and helps foster a sense of stewardship for native fish and their habitats.




Last updated: April 14, 2014