BY ANGELA BARAN, GENOA NFH
The Region 3 Fisheries and Aquatic Species Conservation Program held its first Fish Biologist Meeting in over five years this July. Staff from Genoa National Fish Hatchery and La Crosse Fish Health collaborated to set up the meeting, taking place July 21st and 22nd. The Midwest Fisheries Resource Office provided the space and equipment for the meeting and allowed the attendees to get a tour of the new Whitney Genetics Lab. Staff from all five hatcheries in the region attended the meeting and presented station updates and information about studies in fish culture they have conducted since the last meeting. This meeting allowed for the ever important exchange of ideas between facilities and for newer staff members to meet people from other stations. The Genoa National Fish Hatchery provided a tour of the station on Monday night with a fish fry provided by the Friends of the Upper Mississippi. This fish fry not only fed very hungry biologists, but also brought new members of the friends group together. In addition to the meeting, a few biologists were able to stay and receive the S212 Chainsaw Safety training course. Staff from Necedah NWR travelled to La Crosse to provide the classroom instruction and to Genoa NFH for the hands on field training. The Midwest Fisheries Resource Office again provided the space for the classroom and the La Crosse Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office allowed the students to use their shop for the chainsaw maintenance portion of the course. This meeting and training would not have been possible without the collaboration of not only the hatcheries, but also the Fisheries Resource office and Necedah NWR, so a hearty thank you goes out to all parties involved!