American shad propagation began in 2006 at the hatchery and in 2008, produced its first volitional spawned Shad for the Charles River in Boston. In 2010, Shad production began for the Pawcatuck River. The Pawtuxet River was added to the propagation efforts in 2012. In 2022, the hatchery began producing larval American Shad for the Taunton River.  


Juvenile Northern Pike in aquarium at Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery, South Dakota
The Fish and Aquatic Conservation program leads aquatic conservation efforts for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. We are committed to tackling the nation’s highest priority aquatic conservation and recreational challenges to conserve, restore, and enhance fisheries for future generations.


Eastern Brook trout
Congress authorized the creation of the North Attleboro National Fish Hatchery in September, 1950, for the purpose of raising freshwater fish and stocking the rivers and lakes of New England states. Our hatchery has been raising both game and non-game species, and providing recreational...