Rainbow Trout Mitigation
Currently, the hatchery utilizes 1200-1600 gallons per minute gravity flow spring water at 54-62 degree F. annual temperature to raise Rainbow Trout, in many of the same ways as it has for 125 years. The springs allow for the production of over 100,000 pounds of fish and generate about 15 million dollars back into the State of Missouri economically.
Neosho National Fish Hatchery contributes to pallid sturgeon species recovery. Endangered pallid sturgeon are reared for two years to a length of 9 inches before being tagged and released into the lower Missouri River at three different locations where small, lingering populations of these fish still exist.
Endangered Ozark Cavefish
The hatchery also protects the habitat of the endangered Ozark Cavefish, which inhabits one of the springs supplying the hatchery with water. A camera inside the spring box provides live pictures of the Ozark Cavefish in the hatchery Visitors Center.
Endangered Fat Mucket Mussels
The Neosho Hatchery provides recovery efforts for threatened or endangered native mussels through a partnership with Missouri Southern University.
Freshwater Drum Fish
In order to provide restoration efforts for native mussels, the Hatchery must also provide the mussel’s host fish, the freshwater drum fish, which aids in dispersing the mussel’s eggs.