Makah National Fish Hatchery
Pacific Region


Fish culture:

Aerial of Makah National Fish HatcheryMitchell McGee, John Cooke, Marsha McGee and James LaChester are responsible for collecting eggs from returning adult salmon, care and inventory of the eggs and resulting fry and fingerlings, and overall assurance that the fish are well taken care of. Mitchell and John have been with the hatchery since the early days of operation and provide continuity and experience to the operation. Marsha also performs the administrative duties necessary to keep everything running smoothly.

Maintenance Worker Vern Tolliver keeps the pumps and generators in excellent working order, which is vital to the well-being of the fish on the facility. He also routinely maintains station equipment, buildings and vehicles.

Jarrett Page is the Assistant Hatchery Manager and is responsible for production planning (3 species), scheduling of activities that allow the crew to successfully meet production goals. He is also an important historian with production records that allow for reflections of historical events. We are constantly striving for improvement and evaluating the past provides excellent opportunities to adapt our management.

Roger Sorensen is the Project Leader and he insures that all staffs have the requisite tools, time, training, and resources to successfully complete their tasks. The Service has multiple areas of expertise and coordinating efforts with these disciplines (Fisheries Resources Office (fish management), Technology Centers (geneticist, nutritionists, physiologist), and Fish Health Centers (pathologists, diagnosticians)) is essential. Having the support from Scientists at all levels provides opportunities constantly improve operations.

The hatchery works to meet its trust responsibilities with the Makah Indian Nation. Operating within the reservation boundaries enables the Service to provide commercial and sport fishing and employment opportunities for Tribal members. Makah NFH works cooperatively with the Makah Indian Nation’s Tribal Employment Rights Opportunity (TERO) program in hiring Tribal members for temporary work. This program gives Tribal members the opportunity to gain hands-on fish culture experience which mutually benefits the hatchery and the individual. This partnership with the Makah Nation enables Tribal members to gain hands on fish culture experience which might lead to a career opportunity in aquatic resources.

Last updated: April 8, 2013
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