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Endangered Colorado River sucker fish are bouncing back after a
25-year, $360 million rescue

Razorback sucker. Photo credit: USFWS
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For millions of years, razorback sucker fish thrived in a raging, flood-prone Colorado River and were very abundant. But over the past 50 years, the razorbacks — yellow-bellied with humped, green heads and frenzied, fleshy lips — fell victim to dams, development and voracious nonnative predators that ate them nearly to extinction. Now they’re making a major turnaround, beneficiaries of a 25-year, multi- million dollar government-run rescue.

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Reliable Water Source Ensure Trout Production at Willow Beach

Through a collaborative partnership, the FWS Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery is now equipped with a newly installed floating pipeline. Credit: USFWS.
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A new water intake for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery in Willow Beach, Arizona, has been built and tested in Lake Mohave, and that is good news for anglers and conservationists. With an assured, reliable cold water source, rainbow trout production can restart at the Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery. In partnership with the Arizona Game and Fish Department and others, the FWS anticipates stocking catchable-sized trout for anglers as early as February 2017.

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Last updated: October 18, 2016