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Recreation and Education

To protect, restore, and enhance fish and other aquatic resources to self-sustaining levels and to support federal mitigation programs in cooperation with states, tribes, and other partners for the continuting benefit of the American public.


National Fish Hatcheries support West Coast commercial, tribal, and recreational fishing harvests that generate billions of dollars in revenue, support thousands of local jobs, and sustain vital fishing cultures and traditions in our communites.

Producing fish continues to be an irreplaceable tool in managing or restoring fisheries. USFWS hatcheries help provide recreation opportunities to America’s 34 million anglers who spend $36 billion annually in pursuit of their favored pastime.

CRFWCO Mass marking program 'marks' millions of hatchery fish each year. These marked fish allow fisheries agencies to manage a selective fishery where marked fish can be harvested and unmarked (natural origin fish) are released. This, in essence, allows for fish harvest while we continue to conserve ESA listed salmon to support recovery and, ultimately, removal from the Endangered Species List.

Outreach and Education

CRFWCO's Outreach and Education program reaches adults and students through community events, school programs and through partnership with the Oregon Zoo.

We work to help our public partners understand our Mission, history and how we work to benefit the American people. Increasingly, we work to get youth connected to their environment through directed educational programs and through partnerships with youth organizations.








Recreation and Education at a glance

Increase Recreation and other public use of resources
Work with and collaborate with our partners to promote and implement fishing and other aquatic recreational activities and programs.
Engage and educate the public in the Service's conservation mission
We work with over 440 partners, including 36 tribal governments, 73 educational institutions, and 44 private companies
Last Updated: January 12, 2018
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