New Mexico Fish & Wildlife Conservation Office
Southwest Region
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USFWS Biological Science Aid, Daniel Gallegos, from Mora National Fish Hatchery pauses for a 
photo while working on removing dead eggs from the incubation trays in the 2015 spawning season. Credit: USFWS.Daniel Gallegos: Summer Job Leads to Change in Long Term Career Plans

Meet Daniel Gallegos, a Biological Science Aid at Mora National Fish Hatchery. By the time he fihished his Youth Conservation Corps postion at Mora NHF he decided to change his career plans.

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The New Mexico Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office (NMFWCO) works with partners to conduct dependable and accurate research, monitoring and fishery resource inventory activities in the American Southwest.  Resource conservation activities are conducted in all the major river basins of New Mexico including the Rio Grande, Pecos, Gila/Mimbres, and San Juan. 

Activities range from fish community monitoring, habitat restoration monitoring, management of non-native species, augmentation of native populations, and outreach and education.  To accomplish these activities, NMFWCO utilizes various sampling techniques including backpack and raft-mouted electrofishing, seining, and fyke and gill netting.  Work is conducted in both urban areas and in remote locations that are only accessible via rafts or horses and mules.

Activities conducted by NMFWCO address all six of the Fisheries Program Priorties:

  1. Recovery of listed and candidate species.
  2. Restoration of inter-jurisdictional fisheries and aquatic systems.
  3. Management of inter-jurisdictional fisheries.
  4. Fullfilling mitigation obligations.
  5. Restoring depleted aquatic populations to preclude listing.
  6. Providing fish and wildlife management assistance to tribes and on Service lands.

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Last updated: December 12, 2014