Fish and Aquatic Conservation
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Since 1871 we have been working to conserve, restore and enhance
fish and other aquatic resources for the continuing benefit of the American people.

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Recent News

Chinook smolts are sucked up from the raceways and piped directly into the stream, a method that avoids damage to or loss of fish.
Tubular! Chinook smolts are sucked up from the raceways and piped directly into the stream, a method that avoids damage to or loss of fish. Credit: Heather Love/AmeriCorps

Migrating Salmon Tackle Nature’s Obstacle Course

Move over American Ninja Warrior — These fit fish have you beat!

April 2021 | By Julia Pinnix, Visitor Services Manager, Leavenworth Fisheries Complex

April is an exciting month at the hatcheries of Leavenworth Fisheries Complex in Central Washington. This is the time for releasing the young salmon and steelhead we have nurtured for the past twenty months. Every day, regardless of weather or other events, our production staff have cared for these fish. They feed them, clean their tanks and raceways, monitor the water flow and quality, drive off predators, and examine them for signs of health. Now they will release them into the river, hoping for the best as the smolts make their way downstream, into the Columbia River and out to the Pacific Ocean.

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map of 12 Interior regions

photo of people fishing off of a pier


Fish biologist checking tag number on a salmon carcass pulled up from the depths of the Sacramento River
Curtis Brownfield, fish biologist for the Service, checks the tag number on a salmon carcass pulled up from the depths of the Sacramento River. Credit: Jake Sisco/USFWS

Counting the dead to account for the living

A summer survey for a winter-run

April 2021

The feel of the wind in your face, the sound of a boat motor roaring down a river, the spray of water, the warm sun on your back and the smell of rotting flesh. This is what the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists on the Sacramento River experience when conducting winter-run Chinook salmon carcass surveys.

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Su Jewell holding a Burmese python at Loxahatchee national wildlife refuge
2021 Alison Haskell Award Winner Susan (Su) Jewell

The Alison Haskell Award for Excellence in Herpetofaunal Conservation

March 2021

The award is presented annually by Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC) in memory of Alison Haskell (1956 – 2006) to recognize an individual in North America who exemplifies extraordinary commitment to herpetofaunal conservation, as did Alison.

The Joint National Steering Committee (JNSC) has selected Susan (Su) Jewell as the recipient of the 2021 Alison Haskell Award for Excellence in Herpetofaunal Conservation.

Read about Su's contributions to herpetofaunal conservation