Who We Are
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Fisheries Program has played a vital role in conserving America's fisheries since 1871, partnering with states, tribes, federal agencies, other Service programs, and private interests in efforts to conserve fish and other aquatic resources. The Fisheries Program provides a broad network of on-the-ground expertise that is unique in its geographic coverage, its array of scientific capabilities, and its ability to work strategically across political and jurisdictional boundaries.
Genoa National Fish Hatchery has played a major role in the conservation of aquatic species since its founding in 1932. Over the last 75 years the mission of the hatchery has changed from providing sport fish for area waters to a conservation hatchery concerned with the recovery of endangered aquatic species. Current hatchery species include the Higgins Eye Pearly Mussel, the Winged Mapleleaf Mussel, lake sturgeon and coaster brook trout. Genoa NFH also works to fulfill federal tribal trust responsibilities by providing fish for stocking to meet specific tribal fishery objectives.
How We Help
The station provides over 30 to 40 million fish, eggs and mussels of over 26 species to meet aquatic species and research objectives all across the country, from New Mexico to Georgia.
Tribal Trust Responsibilities
Conserving U.S. fish and other aquatic resources cannot be successful without the partnership of tribes. They manage or influence some of the most important aquatic habitats both on and off reservations. In addition, the federal government and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have distinct and unique obligations toward tribes based on trust responsibility, treaty provisions, and statutory mandates.
Genoa NFH assists numerous Midwestern tribes in meeting their fishery management goals by providing seven different species of fish to tribal fishery biologists. Genoa NFH helps tribes restore native species, manage fish and mussel populations, and provide recreational fishing opportunities. We are committed to meeting federal tribal trust responsibilities by assisting the tribes in meeting measurable fishery management objectives.