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FY 2016 Program Highlights


Ray Jones, Fish Biologist
Idaho Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office

Ray Jones joined the Service 30 years ago in 1986, a year when IBM debuted the PC Convertible, the world's first laptop computer. Now, as a Fish Biologist with the Idaho Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office (Idaho FWCO), Jones' day-to-day work involves designing on-station research projects or integrating information from three National Fish Hatcheries and gleaned from high-tech tools like Passive Integrated Transponders into databases and reports which are then shared with other conservation managers.

Ray works in the Idaho FWCO's Hatchery Monitoring and Evaluation Program, which means he's in regular contact with Service and Nez Perce Tribe staff who raise fish at Dworshak, Kooskia, and Hagerman National Fish Hatcheries. Twenty-First Century hatchery propagation is a complicated business: as part of spawning and then raising healthy, coldwater fish like salmon and steelhead from eggs to juveniles ready to release into local rivers, federal (as well as tribal and state) hatcheries have to meet specific 'production' and harvest goals called for under legal agreements and tribal treaties.

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Ray Jones

Years with the Service
What He Does
Monitors hatchery fish populations raised USFWS hatcheries in North-Central Idaho
Quotable Quote

"We owe it to ourselves and to future generations to be the best stewards of the earth that we can be."

Last Updated: April 12, 2017
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