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Over a century ago, it was recognized that conservation measures were necessary to maintain good fishing in our public waters. Fishing has always been one of America’s leading forms of outdoor recreation. The Warm Springs Regional Fisheries Center endeavors to preserve this tradition for present as well as future generations of Americans.
What We Do
The Warm Springs Regional Fisheries Center was established in 1990. The Center was established as the final step in developing a field station in the Southeast Region's fishery program that would incorporate a centralized Fish Health Center, two National Fish Hatcheries, and a Fish Technology Center into a single complex.
Fish Health Center
The Fish Health Center was established in 1989 with the capability to provide state-of-the-art fish disease diagnostic and fish health certification services to a variety of national fish hatcheries, state fish hatcheries, and private fish farms. Triploid grass carp certification inspections are also provided to private fish farmers in the ten southeastern states.
Fish Technology Center
The Fish Technology Center was established to improve and enhance management effectiveness by providing consolidated technical operational support to Regional fisheries operations, fish culture technical development, and the Service’s technical assistance to the emerging private aquaculture industry. The Fish Technology Center is comprised of a Cryopreservation Laboratory, Conservation Genetics Laboratory, and the National Fish Strain Registry at Warm Springs, Georgia, and a field station at Bears Bluff National Fish Hatchery in Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina.
Warm Springs National Fish Hatchery
The facility is a warmwater hatchery that was authorized by Congress in 1898 and established in 1899. The species of fish propagated here do best in summer water temperatures that reach 75 degrees to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Species such as striped bass, sturgeon, and paddlefish which are vital to the fishery resources of the Southeastern United States and the Atlantic Coast are raised here and stocked in cooperation with the various State game and fish agencies. Warm Springs National Fish Hatchery is one of many hatcheries located in the Southeastern Region. These hatcheries serve a vital role in the management of our fishery resources.
Bears Bluff National Fish Hatchery
Bears Bluff National Fish Hatchery is a unit of the Warm Springs Fish Technology Center, a component of the Warm Springs Regional Fisheries Center, Warm Springs, Georgia.
Open to the Public
Aquarium Hours: 8 am to 4 pm daily. The Aquarium is closed on federal holidays. Take pride in Your Fishery Resources!