Edenton National Fish Hatchery
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Welcome to the Edenton National Fish Hatchery

The Edenton National Fish Hatchery, located in the historic port town of Edenton, North Carolina, has been producing fish for public use and restoration since the Hatchery was established in 1898. Enjoy your visit to our site,and be sure to plan a trip to learn more about our programs in person.

Temporary Aquarium Closure

As a public health precaution, the Public Aquarium at Edenton NFH is temporarily closed for the safety of staff and visitors.

Updates will be posted to the Edenton NFH website, fws.gov/edenton, and on Facebook: facebook.com/Edenton-National-Fish-Hatchery.

Although most hatchery lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you do the following:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Face masks are required in all federal buildings and on all federal lands.
  • Maintain a safe distance between yourself and other groups.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick.

Learn more about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Coronavirus Response.

Edenton NFH pond harvest
Edenton NFH aquarium
Lake sturgeon
Electrofishing survey
Feeding striped bass
Spawning striped bass
Lake sturgeon fingerlings
Striped bass harvest
Stocking American shad fry
American shad brookstock
Nesting killdeer at Edenton NFH
Pond harvest at Edenton
One-acre pond with aerator
Stocking out fish
Blueback herring fingerlings

Photos: USFWS

Hatchery Goals

  • Provide American shad (Alossa sapidissima) for interjurisdictional fishery restoration of the Neuse River system.
  • Provide Striped Bass (Morone saxatilis) for interjurisdictional fishery restoration of the Tar/Pamlico and Neuse River systems.
  • Provide Blueback Herring (Alosa aestivalis) for interjurisdictional fishery restoration of the Chowan River system.
  • Assist with production of imperiled Lake Sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) for restoration of the Tennessee and Cumberland River systems.
  • Provide other species (largemouth bass, bluegill, channel catfish, etc) to State partners on an as needed basis.
  • Provide technical assistance and research on culture and propagation of new and imperiled aquatic species.
  • Provide fishery management assistance to National Wildlife Refuges in the Carolinas and Southeast Virginia.
  • Provide fishery management assistance to other partners as needed.
Aerial photograph of Edenton Hatchery ponds

Aerial photograph of Edenton National Fish Hatchery

Hatchery Quick Facts

  • Established in 1898
  • Six full time staff
  • Hatchery size: 63.5 acres, 30 acres water
  • Public Aquarium
  • Warm water hatchery (the fish raised here do best in temperatures above 65 degrees Fahrenheit).
  • Tagged fish from Edenton NFH have been caught off the Atlantic coastline from North Carolina to as far north as Massachusetts.

Last updated: February 23, 2021