Frequently Asked Questions
What are the roles of the Warm Springs Regional Fisheries Center?
The Warm Springs Center works to strengthen the fisheries program in the Southeast. This is done by using the talents of a wide group of professional biologists. Work involves studies and application of scientific information.
Examples of work include the following: improving the health of populations of sick fish; preserving the genetic material of endangered fishes; developing spawning strategies to propagate highly valued aquatic species; and, assisting state partners in their aquatic resource management work.
How does the Center get its direction?
Because of the complexity of the Center, direction comes from several sources. The Center Director receives immediate guidance from the Assistant Regional Director for Fisheries in the Regional Office. Other sources of Direction are varied and include the following:
- An inter-Regional Technical Team for Fish Technology Centers.
- A group of Fish Disease Specialists for Fish Health Labs.
- Activity Guidance from Ecosystem Teams.
- Programmatic reviews.
- New legislation and/or policy dealing with fish and other aquatic species.
Does the Center welcome volunteers and community interaction?
Yes! The Warm Springs Regional Fisheries Center strongly endorses interaction with the local community. The Center works with local teachers and students to provide opportunities for local youth to experience working with fish and wildlife.
The Center also encourages volunteers and social groups (like the scouts, etc.) to plan activities at the Center. Biologists from the Center continue to work with various local groups, and offer time and assistance to the community as a whole.
How many visitors frequent the Warm Springs Regional Fisheries Center?
The Center has a heavy visitation rate; and upwards of 50,000-75,000 visitors are expected annually. During the spring and early summer, bus loads of children visit as participants of scheduled school groups. Summer marks a heavy visitation rate by family vacationers, and fall brings many senior citizens, many of whom also come by bus. As Christmas holidays approach, the Center is frequented by families with young children — probably as a place to visit while town shopping is done by other family members. Additionally, because of the rich Warm Springs town history, Georgians and many other Americans visit the town and FDR Institute, and the Regional Fisheries Center as part of their trip.