The sicklefin redhorse is a fish found only in the western tip of North Carolina and a sliver of North Georgia. Once considered for the federal endangered species list, a handful of partners have come together to conserve this rare fish, expanding our knowledge of where it lives and it's seasonal migration, and propagating it in captivity for stocking into the wild.

Partners in the effort include the Service, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Duke Energy, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, the Tennessee Valley Authority, Conservation Fisheries, Inc., and many others.

The partners meet each winter to review the previous year's data and research and plan the upcoming year's work. During the spring spawning of the sicklefin redhorse, the team collects data on the fish's migration and collects eggs and sperm to support captive propagation and rearing efforts. 

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The Ecological Services Program works to restore and protect healthy populations of fish, wildlife, and plants and the environments upon which they depend. Using the best available science, we work with federal, state, Tribal, local, and non-profit stakeholders, as well as private land owners, to...


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Serving western North Carolina and southern Appalachia by conserving our most imperiled species and working with federal agencies to conserve plants, fish, and wildlife.