Fish and Aquatic Conservation

Fish and Aquatic Conservation

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice

Although most hatchery lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we encourage you to:

  • Check local hatchery conditions before visiting
  • Follow  current CDC safe practices by maintaining 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.

We work with our partners and engage the public, using a science-based approach,
to conserve, restore and enhance fish and other aquatic resources for the
continuing benefit of the American people.

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Recent News

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Chris Vandergoot, director of the Great Lakes Acoustic Telemetry Observation System, shows off a lake sturgeon that was fitted with a high-tech transmitter. GLATOS and its partners have placed more than 1,500 receivers in the Great Lakes -- including 200 in Lake Erie -- to track sturgeon and other fish. The goal is to rebuild lake sturgeon populations that were decimated in the 1800s. (Submitted photo)

Scientists work to repopulate lake sturgeons

July 9, 2020

A fish whose ancestors date back at least 200 million years — possibly 300 million — came close to extinction 100 years ago. Lake Erie was once home to more of those fish than all of the other Great Lakes combined.

Today, the lake sturgeon is still listed as a threatened species in Ohio, which means anglers lucky enough to catch one must snap a photo and release it — quick. But a group of scientists plan to spend the next few decades replenishing populations of this ancient fish, particularly in the lake where they were once so plentiful.

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Ready to Rock Out

June 30, 2020

The musically talented staff at Makah National Fish Hatchery (WA) performed and recorded a soulful serenade to salmon and steelhead in this must-see music video! 


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Located between Spearfish City Park and the Spearfish Campground, the grounds are open year-round and are free to the public.

Get Schooled on Fish Culture | The D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery & Archives

June 30, 2020

Whether patrons are seeking out a piece of American history, or they’re interested in getting up close and personal with Rainbow Trout, the D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery & Archives in Spearfish has a wide variety of attractions for all.

The hatchery was established in 1896, making it one of the oldest operating hatcheries in the country. “It is a fun, family-friendly learning environment that is free, which is always nice when you’re traveling as a family,” said April Gregory, curator of collections and exhibits.

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Albert Spells with an Atlantic sturgeon in the Cheapeake Bay. Credit: USFWS.

Albert Spells: Man of faith, champion of fish

June 30, 2020

Albert Spells tells a story about a small stream in Barnwell, South Carolina, that flows through a culvert under Route 278. His brother Carnell and friend Thomas dubbed it The Little Stream. The Little Stream was their favorite fishing hole as young teenagers.

“It wasn’t much of a stream, but it was ‘our stream,’” he said. “We could always catch fish at The Little Stream, and we thoroughly enjoyed fishing there.”

During spring break of his freshman year at South Carolina State College, they went to fish at The Little Stream. They found the stream and its banks filled with trash.

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