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Iron River National Fish Hatchery provides training tools to the National Conservation Training Center
Midwest Region, December 17, 2015
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Brandon Keesler, Fish Bio-Tech, and Jorge Buening, Fish Biologist, work together to collect and bag juvenile fish for NCTC, in Shepherdstown, WV.
Brandon Keesler, Fish Bio-Tech, and Jorge Buening, Fish Biologist, work together to collect and bag juvenile fish for NCTC, in Shepherdstown, WV. - Photo Credit: USFWS
Bags of fish are prepped for an overnight trip to the USFWS training center in WV.
Bags of fish are prepped for an overnight trip to the USFWS training center in WV. - Photo Credit: USFWS

Iron River National Fish Hatchery was contacted by the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) about donating fish to their teaching collection. The hatchery was more than willing to lend a hand and donate specimens of both species currently in culture, lake and coaster brook trout. Both male and female fish in different sizes were represented to help students differentiate morphometric (body shape) and coloration at different life stages. All specimens were shipped overnight to NCTC where they were fixed in formalin and transferred to alcohol for long-term storage.


The donated specimens will be used primarily for the “Fish Identification” class at NCTC. The National Conservation Training Center, located in Shepherdstown, WV, provides training, program coordination, technical support and distance learning for conservation professionals. Anyone interested in taking conservation training at NCTC can find a list of available courses.


Contact Info: Shawn Sanders, (715)372-8510, Shawn_Sanders@fws.gov
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