Fish and Aquatic Conservation

And You Thought We Only Raised Fish!

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You'll be surprised by the numerous and diverse educational opportunities that the National Fish Hatchery System provides. We help others learn about fish and other aquatic species and their habitats through outdoor learning areas, providing field study opportunities, hosting festivals and events and developing tools for teaching today's conservation ethic. We engage youths and adults through our Friends Groups, partnerships with states and tribes, and through various youth employment programs. Students, historians, scientists, and the lay person conduct research at the D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery and Archives that holds 175,000 historic items related to fisheries conservation. In all, these education opportunities will help us better understand the world around us, as well as impart joy and a sense of stewardship for natural resources for conservationists yet to come.

sign of Tishomingo National Fish Hatchery surrounded by flowers

Tishomingo NFH and Partners Plan First Outdoor Classroom

Tishomingo National Fish Hatchery (NFH) staff, Oklahoma, recently attended a planning meeting for a proposed Outdoor Classroom at Tishomingo High School. The plans include a fishing pond, covered gazebo sitting area, a water feature and plenty of native plants and trees to attract pollinators, including monarchs, and birds. The Outdoor
Classroom will be a cooperative effort between Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge, Tishomingo NFHOklahoma Ecological Services Field Office, Chickasaw Nation, and the staff and students of Tishomingo High School. 

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Each year Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition in Maine sponsors local participation in “Salmon-in-Schools,” a salmon egg adoption program offered to Maine schools through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Each school receives 200 eggs, a list of instructions for incubation, and access to accompanying lesson plans. USFWS hatcheries participating include Craig Brook  and Green Lake National Fish Hatcheries. 

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Gavins Point NFH Fishing Derby

Anyone who doubts that today’s youth can get excited about fish would have left the Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery (NFH), South Dakota, recent Annual Fishing Derby with a different take. The approximately 200 youngsters present at the event advanced on the hatchery's ponds like the world’s happiest army.  And thankfully, the fish did their part by attacking the bait with a vengeance, and producing a blur of activity on the banks. A Touch Tank provided the opportunity for close looks at a dozen species native to the area.


Last updated: February 23, 2017