What We Do
The Fish Technology Center was established to improve and enhance management effectiveness by providing consolidated technical operational support to Regional fisheries operations, fish culture technical development, and the Service’s technical assistance to the emerging private aquaculture industry. The Fish Technology Center is comprised of a Cryopreservation Laboratory and the National Fish Strain Registry in Warm Springs, Georgia, and a Conservation Genetics Laboratory located at Auburn University.
Warm Springs Fish Technology Center is working with federal, state, and agency partners to provide management support of inter-jurisdictional coastal and riverine fishes, such as Robust Redhorse, Lake Sturgeon, Pallid Sturgeon, and Brook Trout. The Conservation Genetics Lab is implementing research projects on numerous freshwater mussels, and threatened and endangered species such as the Spotfin Chub and the Round Rocksnail. The Cryopreservation Lab works on the collection, storage, and cryopreservation of sperm to provide a management tool for conserving genetic resources to enhance fisheries programs and reverse the population decline of threatened and endangered fishes. Currently, the Cryopreservation Lab is working with Pallid Sturgeon, Apache Trout, Gila Trout, and numerous aquatic species and freshwater mussels.
Projects and Research
Research in the lab addresses conservation issues pertaining to brood stock management, systematics of imperiled aquatic organisms, and population genetics for species of concern or management interest in the southeast. We also study the evolution of aquatic animals using genomic tools. The lab provides technical coordination for numerous southeastern aquatic species, focusing on fishes and mollusks.
Aquatic Species Restoration
Sixty-two percent of all US fish species, 91 percent of all US mussels and more than two thirds of all North American species and sub-species of crayfish are found in the Southeast United States. The Fish Tech Center conducts research on crayfish and amphibians to develop and improve on culture programs.
The National Fish Strain Registry database is a broad collaborative program that provides access to data and information on our nation’s aquatic resources. The database houses information on life history, genetics, reproduction, and behavior of wild populations and domestic fish strains throughout the United States. The database is available for use by public and private producers as well as...
Cryopreservation is a process in which a living cell can be frozen, stored, thawed, and remain viable for future growth. The cryopreservation lab at Warm Springs Fish Technology Center focuses...
Whether you want to further conservation, learn more about nature or share your love of the outdoors, you’ve come to the right place. Warm Springs Fish Technology Center provides many opportunities for you to help your community and fish and wildlife by doing what you love.
Warm Springs Fish Technology Center partner with volunteers, youth groups, landowners, neighbors and residents of both urban and rural communities to make a lasting difference. There are opportunities for everyone to get involved!
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