News Release

September 11, 2013

Hagerman National Fish Hatchery Celebrates 80th Anniversary with Free Open House and Family Activities

Media Contacts:
Amanda Fortin (FWS)  (503) 872-2852 Anna Ray (FWS)  (208) 837-4896

The public is invited to a free open house and behind-the-scenes tour from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, September 14 at Hagerman National Fish Hatchery (NFH), which is celebrating its 80th anniversary.  This family-friendly event will offer the public a chance to learn about fish, connect with nature through a variety of fun activities, and even try a round on the challenging salmon mini golf course.

“This event is a great opportunity for members of the community to get to know their National Fish Hatchery,” said Craig Eaton, hatchery manager. “We are in their backyards and I look forward to sharing our history and inviting them to take part in our future.”

Located along the Snake River, about 30 miles west of Twin Falls, Idaho, Hagerman NFH was established in 1932 and fish propagation began in 1933. The hatchery’s primary goal at that time was the production of rainbow trout for stocking in Idaho, eastern Oregon, and northern Nevada.

In the late 1970s, the hatchery became part of the Lower Snake River Compensation Plan Program to mitigate for the construction of four dams on the lower Snake River. The  primary production goal at Hagerman NFH was then changed from resident rainbow trout to steelhead trout. The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service entered into an agreement with the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers and Idaho Department of Fish and Game  to annually rear 340,000 pounds of summer steelhead trout at the hatchery.

Today, the hatchery  produces more than 1.4 million steelhead and nearly 130,000 rainbow trout annually, providing trout fishing opportunities in Idaho and supporting lower Snake and Salmon River A-run steelhead programs. Hagerman’s steelhead and rainbow trout hatchery propagation sustains harvest opportunities for Idaho tribal fisheries and sport anglers while minimizing impacts to wild fish runs.

“Hagerman National Fish Hatchery has a proud history of propagating   highly desirable steelhead and  rainbow trout for the benefit of Northwest anglers as well as Native American Tribes,” said Mike Carrier, Pacific Region Assistant Regional Director for Fishery Resources. “This open house is an exciting opportunity for the public to visit the hatchery to learn about fish, connect with nature, meet our staff, and have a great time in the process.”

 For more information about Hagerman NFH and the 80th anniversary celebration, visit: http://1.usa.gov/17F3lom