Conserving this Nation’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 Service have distinct and unique obligations toward Tribes based on trust responsibility, treaty provisions, and statutory mandates.
Colorado River Indian Tribes grow endangered fishes
Achii Hanyo, formerly a commercial hatchery owned by the Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT) near Parker, AZ, grows endangered native Colorado River fishes. CRIT allows the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to raise two endangered species: the bonytail and the razorback sucker. Small fish come Colorado River Indian Tribes grow endangered fishes Bonytail, perhaps the most imperiled fish in North America, is raised in ponds owned by the Colorado River Indian Tribes.
Lynn Starnes/USFWSfrom Willow Beach and Dexter National Fish Hatcheries in AZ and NM. Each year, Achii Hanyo yields up to 7,000 bonytail 12 inches long, and 500 razorback sucker that grow to 20 inches. These fish are harvested in December and stocked in various sites along the Colorado River. They are grown to large sizes before stocking to better face the perils of introduced predatory fish. The bonytail, a member of the minnow family, may be the most imperiled fish in North America. This partnership with CRIT helps us move these fishes toward recovery. (Angela Baran)
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