Ouray National Fish Hatchery - Randlett Unit was established in 1996 as a fish refugia and technology development facility to assist in the recovery of razorback sucker, Colorado pikeminnow, bonytail, and humpback chub.

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Ouray National Fish Hatchery is located on the Ouray National Wildlife Refuge 35.5 miles (57 km) southwest of Vernal, Utah. 

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      About Us

      Ouray National Fish Hatchery is a proud partner of the Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program. The hatchery has its administrative office located in a fisheries complex building shared with the Green River Basin Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, Utah Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, and Jones Hole National Fish Hatchery in Vernal, Utah.

      What We Do

      Thanks to the efforts of the San Juan River Basin Recovery Implementation Program and the Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program, razorback sucker numbers are increasing in the wild. In 2012, Ouray National Fish Hatchery also began producing bonytail for stocking. Ouray National Fish Hatchery also has been part of an effort to take some of the endangered Desolation Canyon humpback chub into captivity to preserve adequate genetic diversity.

      Our Organization

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      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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      We provide national leadership in the recovery and conservation of our nation's imperiled plant and animal species, working with experts in the scientific community to identify species on the verge of extinction and to build the road to recovery to bring them back. We work with a range of public...
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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...

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