Aquatic species propagation and rearing within National Fish Hatchery System facilities directly address the recovery of federally listed, threatened or endangered species, the restoration of imperiled species, and the fulfillment of tribal partnerships and trust responsibilities of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The National Fish Hatchery System works with Federal partners to mitigate the impacts of Federal water projects through reimbursable service agreements. In Fiscal Year 2016, over 135 million adult and juvenile fishes were released (stocked into the wild) by (66) National Fish Hatchery facilities and (2) Fish and Wildlife Conservation Offices into (44) States. These stockings provide excellent recreational fishing opportunities and economic benefits for local communities.
The Entiat National Fish Hatchery is located on the Entiat River, which is a tributary of the Columbia River in Washington State. The objective of this project is to mitigate for the loss of returning adult salmon due to the construction of Grand Coulee Dam by creating a summer Chinook program that could annually provide some 1,600 returning adults to commercial, sport, and tribal harvest groups. Photo Credit: USFWS
Sullivan Creek National Fish Hatchery, is a pathogen-free broodfish station, holding two strains of lake trout to provide eggs for the Great Lakes Restoration Program and recreational fisheries throughout the country. Pendills Creek and Sullivan Creek National Fish Hatchery staff spawn, fertilize, incubate, treat, pick, package, and ship the required number of lake trout eyed eggs to other NFHs. Photo Credit: Crystal LeGault-Anderson, USFWS
Erwin National Fish Hatchery produces 10 million disease-free eggs annually from four strains of rainbow trout broodstock. These eggs are shipped to other Federal, State and Tribal hatcheries to support their fishery management efforts. The station also provides eggs to research centers, classrooms, and universities. Broodstock operations are performed in a manner that will preserve or optimize the genetic diversity of hatchery fish.
Photo Credit: Robert Pos, USFWS