Fish and Aquatic Conservation

Fish and Aquatic Conservation

Information iconWe work to conserve America's aquatic resources for present and future generations. (Photo: Larry Jernigan/USFWS)



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 Day of Recognition' at DC Booth Fish Hatchery

By Kaija Swisher Black Hills Pioneer | May 18, 2019

photo of D.C. Booth hatchery, ice house, and rearing ponds in 1899.
D.C. Booth hatchery, ice house, and rearing ponds in 1899.

SPEARFISH – In addition to the visitors touring the grounds, a group gathered near the historic icehouse at the D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery and Archives Thursday for “A Day of Recognition.” 

Community members, families of those involved at the hatchery through the years, and representatives from the Booth Society, the nonprofit friends group that supports the hatchery; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS); and American Fisheries Society-Fish Culture Section were present, and the first order of business was to recognize the 30th anniversary of the Booth Society.

“Thank you for 30 years of partnership, support, and contribution to the D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery and Archives,” Mayor Dana Boke said. “Through your guardianship … and commitment to conservation and education, you have really built a legacy that we are truly grateful for, and your ongoing diligence and servanthood has made a huge impact on our community.”

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Mwah! A Kiss from an Ancient Fish Awakens Love for Science

By: Julia Pinnix, Visitor Services Manager, Leavenworth Fisheries Complex | May 15, 2019

What did you like best about spring break camp? Making new friends. The food. Dissecting salmon. Wait, what?

Camp Biota is a hands-on science camp for middleschoolers, hosted by Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery. Eighteen students dug into dead fish as part of the curriculum, which also included a macroinvertebrate safari in Icicle Creek, investigating plants along a transect, and using chemistry to test water quality. And there were lamprey “kisses,” too, courtesy of the Yakama Nation Fisheries lamprey research and breeding program.

This is Camp Biota’s second year. Barbara Guzman of the Northcentral Educational Service District (NCESD) and I wanted to spark interest in science in our region’s migrant students. Latino students seldom see science professionals who look like them. We aimed to create a space where interest in science is shared by both women and men, by people of color, and in more than one language—a welcoming space where everyone can be at the table.

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Photo: Camp Biota students aren't squeamish at all about getting a closer look during the fish dissection lesson

Annual volunteer effort to clean up Anchorage waterways commences

By Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage | May 9, 2019

Anchorage’s citywide creek cleanup started Thursday as volunteers began picking up what – each year – amounts to hundreds of pounds of often muddy and wet trash from waterways. Organized by the Anchorage Waterways Council, the clean up aims to remove unsightly garbage and reduce negative impacts to fish, birds and other wildlife.

One of the first teams to don their waders and gloves for the 35th annual Anchorage Creek Cleanup was a group of volunteers from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, led by Katrina Liebich.

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