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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Native Fish in the Classroom! 

After five years in the making, the Native Fish in the Classroom: Manual and Activities Guide to Fishes of New Mexico, is now complete. Students raise fish in the classrooms and learn all aspects of the fish’s life including habitat, biology, and threats. The program helps students gain an appreciation for native New Mexico species.

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Ice Fishing 2016 at Genoa National Fish Hatchery

More than 350 children and over 600 people total had a great day of ice fishing at Genoa National Fish Hatchery's recent fishing event. Staff from the Midwest Fisheries Center, folks from the Friends of the Upper Mississippi and Friends of Pool 9 along with numerous volunteers donated their time to make this day a success.

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Midwest Region's Fisheries Program

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Shad in the Classroom

In 2015 alone Edenton National Fish Hatchery in North Carolina provided American shad eggs and technical expertise to 26 different classrooms in 25 schools in eastern North Carolina. Students hatch the eggs in aquaria and monitor the growth for one week prior to stocking "their" fish in the watersheds. Shad in the Classroom provides real-life, hands-on scientific learning opportunities and a feeling of ownership in fisheries restoration. Teachers are able to integrate the program into science, math, social studies, technology, and writing curriculums. Since 2013, over 7,700 students have been involved with Shad in the Classroom, a cooperative program between U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the North Carolina Museum of Natural History, and other partners.

Want more program information, contact Edenton National Fish Hatchery..


Last updated: February 10, 2016