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

A frosty morning overlooking a pond at a the hatchery. Steam rising from the grass and the sun peeking through the trees.
A chilly morning at Neosho National Fish Hatchery, Missouri. Photo credit: USFWS

Enjoy a Winter Visit to a National Fish Hatchery

January 18, 2021 | By Denise Wagner, Headquarters - Fish and Aquatic Conservation

Don’t let the cold weather keep you indoors. Visit a National Fish Hatchery and enjoy the winter activities they have to offer. From peaceful and scenic to fun and strenuous, there is a little something for everyone, all while social distancing.

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Close up view of a Burbot fish
Up close with a Burbot. Photo credit: USFWS

Burbot: The Singsong Gadoid

January 12, 2021 | U.S. Fish and Wildlife - Alaska

Burbot (Lota lota) are the only freshwater gadoid (cod) in North America (check out that chin whisker!). And with a circumpolar range, they’re one of the most widely distributed freshwater fishes in the world.

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thumbnail image of the cover of the FAC Strategic Plan

map of 12 Interior regions

photo of people fishing off of a pier


Photo of an aerial view of Winthrop National Fish Hatchery
Photo: Winthrop NFH, seen from a nearby height. Photo credit, Julia Pinnix/USFWS

What I Learned by Listening to Wintertime at the Leavenworth Fisheries Complex

January 5, 2021 | By Julia Pinnix, Visitor Services Manager, Leavenworth Fisheries Complex

Fish hatcheries sound like running water. Even in winter, the sound permeates the atmosphere. But the sound palette changes from one season to the next.

As the cold bites down harder at the bottom of the year, Entiat National Fish Hatchery switches to drawing river water into its system, weaning young fish off well water. This “naturalizes the growth cycle,” said hatchery manager Craig Chisam, putting the fish on the same conditions they would experience if they were in the wild. Challenges arise with keeping ice from clogging the water intake, but a new alarm system installed in December should help staff track conditions.

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An illustration of two fish seeming to look into each other’s eyes. Text over the fish says “Hope your holidays aren’t crappie.”

Last Minute Fishing Gifts for the Fish Aficionado in Your Life!

December 2020 | Holly Richards and Gwen Bausmith - Headquarters Fish and Aquatic Conservation

It happens to all of us. You get busy mulling the cider and frying latkes, and before you know it you’re out of time with a boat load of gifts to give. Never fear! We’ve got some gift giving fin-spiration for any fish aficionados in your life!  

Send your best fishes with a lovely electronic (or printable) holiday card!

Sometimes the best present of all is sharing our thoughts and a laugh with the people who matter most. Send one of our free holiday e-cards to the fish aficionado in your life and tag us @USFWSFisheries with your cards on social.

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