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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We Get Visitors, Yes We Do!

Our Fish and Aquatic Conservation field stations get over 1.5 million visitors annually, of all ages. Just like this school group of third graders that visited Neosho National Fish Hatchery in MO. The kids learned about fish life cycles, endangered species restoration, and much more. Interested in a tour? Contact a hatchery and see what's available? 

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Neosho National Fish Hatchery 

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Aqua Kids

Join the Aqua Kids as they look into the Invasive Snakehead Fish that is becoming a serious issue for many states on the East Coast of the United States. See what the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is doing to combat this predator.


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Last updated: November 12, 2015