Warm Springs Fish Technology Center
Southeast Region

 

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Fish Technology Center Facts

FTC staff handling a pallid sturgeon. Credit: USFWS Image.

FTC staff handling a pallid sturgeon. Credit: USFWS Image.

  • Established: 1993.
  • The Fish Technology Center (Center) is a component of the Warm Springs Regional Fisheries Center to improve and enhance management effectiveness. It provides consolidated technical operational support to regional fisheries operations and technical assistance to the public. Includes laboratories at Warm Springs, Georgia, and a field station in Bears Bluff, South Carolina.
  • The staff at the Center includes six biologists.
  • The geographic area covered is the 10 states of the Southeast region.

 

 

Center Goals

Glochidia collected from a female paper pondshell, Utterbackia imbecillis. Credit: USFWS Image.

Glochidia collected from a female paper pondshell, Utterbackia imbecillis. Credit: USFWS Image.

  • Improve and enhance management effectiveness by providing consolidated technical operational support to regional fisheries operations, fish culture techniques, and providing technical assistance to the public.
  • Restore and manage interjurisdictional coastal and riverine fishes such as robust redhorse, shortnose sturgeon, Gulf sturgeon, and Gulf striped bass.
  • Provide conservation genetics support for regional fishery programs.
  • Maintain the National Fish Strain Registry for dissemination of information and support of private, State and Federal broodstocks.
  • Develop culture and cryopreservation techniques for native fishes, freshwater mussels, and amphibians.
  • Develop hatchery product evaluation techniques.

 

 

Activity Highlights

Preparing a female alligator gar, Atractosteus spatula, for egg collection. Credit: USFWS Image.

Preparing a female alligator gar, Atractosteus spatula, for egg collection. Credit: USFWS Image.

  • Cooperative studies are undertaken with various universities in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, and South Carolina.
  • Support the Robust Redhorse Conservation Committee which includes the states of Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Fish and Wildlife Service, several power companies, Forest Service, Corps of Engineers, several additional state, federal and industrial entities.
  • Cooperative efforts include the National Marine Fisheries Service; the Tennessee Aquarium; Gulf Coast Marine Fisheries Commission; and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission; and the National Broodstock Stations.
  • Serve on the Ogeechee River Shortnose Sturgeon Working Group and the Tennessee River Lake Sturgeon Working Group.

 

 

Services Provided To

Agarose gel image from elephant-ear mussel tissue samples. Credit: USFWS Image.

Agarose gel image from elephant-ear mussel tissue samples. Credit: USFWS Image.

  • Federal agencies including other Fish and Wildlife Service program offices.
  • State agencies.
  • Native American Tribes.
  • Military bases.
  • Universities.
  • Non-governmental organizations (NGO’s).
  • The public.

 

 

Public Use Opportunities

Kids looking for aquatic critters to touch at Go Green! Earth Day Festival. Credit: USFWS Image.

Kids looking for aquatic critters to touch at Go Green! Earth Day Festival. Credit: USFWS Image.

  • Environmental education and public outreach opportunities to visitors, school groups, and various other organizations.
  • Beautiful surroundings and natural environment.
  • Aquatic display for off-site presentations.
  • Co-located with the Warm Springs National Fish Hatchery.

 

 

Last updated: April 13, 2012