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