About Us
The fish car is popular with D.C. Booth's visitors. During summer months, volunteers give free tours of the fish car to visitors.

Since 1872 the National Fish Hatchery System has been working to improve recreational fishing and restore aquatic species that are in decline, at risk, and are important to the health of our aquatic systems. Across the country the network of national fish hatcheries work with states and Tribes to conserve, restore, and enhance the fish and aquatic resources of America for future generations. 

We lead a network of cutting-edge conservation offices dedicated to aquatic conservation.

 

June 10th, 2022, marks the 150th anniversary of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Fish Hatchery System! The National Fish Hatchery System was created by Congress to help address collapsing fisheries and boost production of food fish to feed families. Over the years, the system has evolved to meet the changing needs of conservation. Today the National Fish Hatchery System is the only national aquaculture program in existence dedicated entirely to the conservation of aquatic species.  

 

Our History

The National Fish Hatchery System was created by Congress on June 10th, 1872 to boost production of food fish to support commercial fisheries and feed families. Over the years, the system has evolved to meet the changing needs of conservation. Today the National Fish Hatchery System is the only national aquaculture program in existence dedicated entirely to the conservation of aquatic species.   

National fish hatcheries use aquaculture to raise threatened, endangered, or at-risk species in a safe captive environment for eventual release into a natural setting. This work, along with habitat restoration, and other federal protections, can help boost and support wild populations.  

Today there are 18 national fish hatcheries in operation that are more than a century old!

National Fish Hatcheries (state)  Date Established
Neosho National Fish Hatcheries (MO) 1888
Craig Brook National Fish Hatcheries(ME) 1889
Leadville National Fish Hatcheries(CO) 1889
Erwin National Fish Hatcheries(TN) 1897
Little White Salmon National Fish Hatcheries (WA) 1898
Nashua National Fish Hatcheries(NH) 1898
Warm Springs National Fish Hatcheries(GA) 1899
Spring Creek National Fish Hatcheries(WA) 1901
Private John Allen National Fish Hatcheries(MS) 1902
White Sulphur Springs National Fish Hatcheries (WV) 1902
Mammoth Spring National Fish Hatcheries (AR) 1904
Pittsford National Fish Hatcheries(VT) 1909
Quilcene National Fish Hatcheries(WA) 1911
Orangeburg National Fish Hatcheries(SC) 1912
Saratoga National Fish Hatcheries(WY) 1914
Berkshire National Fish Hatcheries(MA) 1917