White Sulphur Springs National Fish Hatchery is located along the historic Midland Trail in the heart of the Allegheny Highlands of southeast West Virginia.

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      What We Do

      We raise fish and other aquatic species to support recreational fishing, tribal subsistence fisheries, and the recovery and restoration of imperiled species.

      • Native Crayfish Propagation
      • Freshwater Mussel Propagation for Restoration
      • Mitigation Rainbow Trout Broodstock Production
      • Candy Darter Propagation
      Small orange fish eggs on a white background.

      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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      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...
      150 Years. National Fish Hatchery System.” in front of glossy orange eggs against a white background.
      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

      A colorful red and blue fish underwater looking into the camera

      Candy darters are a vibrant freshwater fish, roughly two to three inches long. They are native to freshwater streams in Gauley, Greenbrier, and New River watersheds in Virginia and West Virginia. They have a vital role in these ecosystems by balancing the food web. Since 1932, nearly half of the...

      FWS Focus

      The Guyandotte River crayfish (Cambarus veteranus) is a freshwater, tertiary burrowing crustacean of the Cambaridae family. Tertiary burrowing crayfish do not exhibit complex burrowing behavior; instead, they shelter in shallow excavations under loose cobbles and boulders on the stream bottom....

      FWS Focus

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