Fish and Aquatic Conservation

Fish Production

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Since 1871, National Fish Hatcheries have been the primary asset in responding to conservation challenges. Producing fish continues to be an irreplaceable tool in managing or restoring fisheries, be they non-game or game fish species. Hatcheries complement habitat conservation. In doing so, we help provide recreation opportunities to America’s 34 million anglers who spend $36 billion annually in pursuit of their favored pastime.


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We work in close partnership with tribes to ensure salmon and steelhead continue to run upstream.
Quilcene National Fish Hatchery


Fisheries conservation stimulates the economy.

Net Worth - The Economic Value of Fisheries Conservation Fall 2011




Ennis and Saratoga National Fish Hatcheries in Montana and Wyoming, are part of the National Broodstock Program housed at D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery in South Dakota. They provide disease-free and genetically sound eggs to dozens of states, tribes, other hatcheries, and research facilities. These eggs yield millions of fish for angling, species recovery and restoration, mitigation, and tribal subsistence fishing.

Mountain Prairie Region Fisheries Program

Last updated: September 14, 2015