Fish and Aquatic Conservation


Science and Technology

Fishingenunity: Applied Science, and its offspring, technology, steer fisheries conservation practices. Fish Technology Centers assist National Fish Hatcheries by improving conservation techniques and methods. Practitioners at Fish Health Centers monitor the health of fish and amphibians in captivity and in the wild, and prescribe remedies as needed. Scientists conduct nutrition studies and develop fish diets. Researchers at the Aquatic Animal Drug Approval Partnership conduct intensive studies to meet the rigors of useful, new pharmaceuticals for fish.


Lamar Fish Health Center

The Lamar Fish Health Center (PA) provides fish health inspections and monitoring and diagnostic health services to National Fish Hatcheries as well as partnering agency fish culture facilities. This work is conducted in compliance with transfer regulations in support of recovery and restoration programs under compliance with the Northeast and Great Lakes Fish Health Policies. Photo Credit: Gavin Glenney, USFWS

Warm Springs Fish Technology Center, GA

All striped bass, males and females, are injected with a pellet hormone to induce spawning. Dam construction, loss of habitat and poor water quality are some of the causes for the decline of this sport fish. Currently Gulf strain domestic broodstock are being held at several hatcheries to alleviate such a problem. To learn more visit Warm Springs Fish Technology Center. Photo Credit: Warm Springs Regional Fishery Center, GA/USFWS

Southwestern Native Aquatic Resources & Recovery Center

The Southwestern Native Aquatic Resources & Recovery Center maintains bonytail and razorback sucker broodstock and produces larval and sub-adult fish for distribution to partners participating in fish augmentation activities of the Lower Colorado River Multi-Species Conservation Program (LCR MSCP). Blood samples were collected from fish at each handling stress event and at designated recovery periods. Photo Credit: USFWS