Congress authorized the creation of the North Attleboro National Fish Hatchery in September, 1950, for the purpose of raising freshwater fish and stocking the rivers and lakes of New England states. Our hatchery has been raising both game and non-game species, and providing recreational opportunities to the nation's anglers. Currently, we raise American shad and eastern brook trout from Atlantic coastal rivers. 

Location and Contact Information

      About Us

      North Attleboro National Fish Hatchery is a 235-acre U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service facility located in eastern Massachusetts that plays a key role in the Service's efforts to protect and restore declining and imperiled populations of migratory fish and other aquatic species native to New England. 

      What We Do

      The North Attleboro National Fish Hatchery works to restore American shad and brook trout of the Atlantic coast. Our hatchery also supplies hatchery-raised fish to state partners for local recreational fishing programs and events.

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      The National Broodstock Program was established in 1970 to support healthy sustainable fisheries in waterways across the country. Every year the National Broodstock Program provides about 60 million fish eggs that are hatched and raised by our partners to meet their conservation and management...

      Our Organization

      Juvenile Northern Pike in aquarium at Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery, South Dakota
      The Fish and Aquatic Conservation program leads aquatic conservation efforts for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. We are committed to tackling the nation’s highest priority aquatic conservation and recreational challenges to conserve, restore, and enhance fisheries for future generations.
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      The National Fish Hatchery System works to support healthy, self-sustaining populations of fish and other aquatic species across the country. Every year we raise and stock over 100 million fish to support the recovery and restoration of imperiled species, recreational fishing, and Tribal...

      Our Species

      Projects and Research

      American shad propagation began in 2006 at the hatchery and in 2008, produced its first volitional spawned Shad for the Charles River in Boston. In 2010, Shad production began for the Pawcatuck River. The Pawtuxet River was added to the propagation efforts in 2012. In 2022, the hatchery began producing larval American Shad for the Taunton River.