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The Southwestern Region bridges the diverse lands, waters, and people of Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. Complex organisms inhabiting regional waters are culturally and economically significant to the American public. The range of aquatic habitats and species is extensive and requires specialized management by a dedicated team of biologists and supporting workforce.

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TYCC members working on fish passageTYCC Group Puts in a Hard Days Work on Fish Passage Project on Pueblo Lands

Tribal Youth Conservation Corp members complete a fish passage project on Cochiti Pueblo.

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Youth Hiring

Each year the Southwest Fisheries program hires local youth to participate in paid summer programs. View the video from our AZFWCO office below and visit our Education & Outreach page to learn more about this exciting program.

Eddies - Reflections on Fisheries Conservation

Scroll through some of the Eddies articles that feature the Southwest Region Fisheries Program along with other important Fisheries work and educational programs.

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Fish hatchery a premier birding site

Photo of a painted bunting
USFWS

Inks Dam NFH seeking Important Bird Area Designation.

By:
Gregory Landry

Fall/Winter 2013

FEATURED FACILITY

Photo of Tishomingo National Fish Hatchery staff member holding a paddlefish
USFWS

Tishomingo National Fish Hatchery.

By:
Kerry Graves

Fall/Winter 2013

Seven Divers—One Mission

Photo of Patricia Caccaval, Region 2 Dive Officer
USFWS

Conservation happens underwater.

By:
John Bryan

Fall/Winter 2013

Bridge Over Troubled Water

Photo of a ACE students working on bridge
Angela James/USFWS

Engineering students make waves for imperiled minnow.

By:
Ben Ikenson

Spring 2013

Fish Make You Smarter

Photo of student artwork
Macey Hoggard

Young writers and painters muse over favorite fishes.

By:
Karen Hollingsworth

Spring 2013

American Fishes: Gila trout

Photo of a Gila trout
Craig Springer/USFWS

A fish that swims nowhere else in the world, but in the headwater streams of the Gila River.

By:
Craig Springer

Winter 2012

Veterinary medicine guides alligator snapping turtle conservation

Photo of an alligator snapping turtle
Brian Fillmore/USFWS

Veterinary examination helps determine sex of juveniles.

By:
Brian Fillmore

Summer 2012

Phantom Lake Springs Ciénega wetter and better

Photo Phantom Springs
USFWS

Small Texas wetland that supports rare aquatic animals is recreated.

By:
Kayla Barrett

Summer 2012

America's Great Outdoors and conservation education

Photo of children participating in a Biologist in training program
Sheila Kirk/USFWS

Conservation education programs offered by the Fisheries program.

By:
Denise Wagner

Spring 2011

Conservationists for Tomorrow

Photo of children participating in athe outdoor education program at Inks Dam National Fish Hatchery
USFWS

Improving science literacy through outreach.

By:
Denise Wagner

Spring 2011

The Art of Conservation

Photo of the unveiling of the 2008 art of conservation stamp
Nathaniel Gram

Young Artists of Wildlife Forever's State-Fish Art Contest.

By:
Karen R. Hollingsworth

Spring 2011

Mescalero Apache Tribal Fish Hatchery

Photo of YCC members at the hatchery
Chris Kitcheyan/USFWS

YCC crew at hatchery is essential.

By:
Chris Kitcheyan

Spring 2011

Apache Youth, Apache Trout

Photo of Apache youth assisting with fin clipping
Jennifer Johnson/USFWS

Apache Tribe youth making a difference in fisheries conservation.

By:
Jeremy Voeltz

Spring 2011

Living with Drought and Fire

Photo of a Little Colorado spinedace held by a service member
Shaula Hedwall/USFWS

Fire and drought in the Southwest Region.

By:
Mike Oetker
and Nicole Osborn

Fall/Winter 2011

Reading Between the Lines

Photo of service member Bradley Clarkson holding an Apache trout
Craig Springer/USFWS

Historic memo proves prophetic.

By:
Craig Springer

Fall/Winter 2011

Giant Salvinia

Photo of giant salvinia covering east Texas bayou
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Invasive plant creates giant headache in the South.

By:
Bob Pitman

Summer/Fall 2010

Conservation in a Quagga-mire

Photo of giant salvinia covering east Texas bayou
David Britton/USFWS

Dealing with zebra and quagga mussel invasions.

By:
David Britton, Ph.D.

Summer/Fall 2010

Rare trout on a "sky island"

Photo of a Gila trout
Jennifer Johnson/USFWS

After a long absence, Gila trout now swim in Frye Creek.

By:
Jeremy Voeltz

Spring 2010

Scientific study reveals utility of modern fish tagging technique

Photo of endangered fountain darter
Gregg Eckhardt/Edwardsaquifer.net

A liquid plastic tag is useful for marking the endangered fountain darter; a scientific study shows.

By:
Craig Springer

Spring 2010

Featured Facility

Photo of Molecular Ecology Lab manager preparing a genetic test
USFWS

Dexter National Fish Hatchery and Technology Center

By:
Connie Keeler-Foster, Ph.D.

Spring 2010

Backyard Ponds Grow Razorback Sucker

Photo of a private pond where razorback sucker is grown
Rick Smaniotto/USFWS

Private-public partnerships advance endangered fish conservation

By:
Rick Smaniotto

Spring 2010

More Than Just a Plant

Photo of tubers floating by emergent Texas wild rice in the San Marcos River
Patricia D. Grant/USFWS

Texas wild rice teems with life

By:
Patricia D. Grant

Spring 2010

A Little Fish in Big Bend

Photo of a silvery minnow laden with eggs
Jason Remshardt/USFWS

Rio Grande silvery minnow showing signs of reproduction in Texas

By:
Aimee Roberson

Spring 2010

El Coronado Ranch

Photo of an endangered Yaqui chub
Bill Radke/USFWS

Collaborative conservation on private lands

By:
Jeremy Voeltz

Spring 2010

Connecting kids with nature one "BiT" at a time

Photo of BIT participant with crane fly larva
Amanda Patrick/USFWS

Biologist-in-Training educational program to connect youth with nature.

By:
Amanda Patrick

Summer 2008

Bear Wallow Creek, Arizona

Photo of a barrier on Bear Wallow Creek
Dewey Wesely/USFWS

Restoration of Apache trout habitat in Arizona.

By:
Jeremy Voeltz

Summer 2008

Fifteen Years in the Grand Canyon

Photo of a humpback chub
George Andrejko/AGFD

Humpback chub in the Little Colorado River.

By:
Dennis Stone

Summer 2008

Where There's A Weir, There's A Way Around It

Photo of service biologist observing Okaloosa darters
U.S. Air Force/Jerron Barnett

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Fish Passage program connects fish to habitat.

By:
Craig Springer

Summer 2008

Program Contact

Stewart Jacks
Assistant Regional Director - Fisheries
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Southwest Region
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Phone (505) 248-6620
Fax (505) 248-6854

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Last updated: December 12, 2014