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  • A prehistoric looking fish with spines down its back and sides.
    Information icon Lake sturgeon. Photo by USFWS.

    Southern Appalachian aquatic diversity

    October 21, 2013 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. The tiny fish in the water-filled plastic bag wouldn’t catch the eye of the casual observer, but to biologists they were part of a great hope. The fish were spotfin chub, a tiny, threatened fish, and these were carefully reared in a fish hatchery and bagged for transport and release into the Cheoah River where hopefully they would thrive.  Learn more...


  • Water carrying hundreds of small paddlefish rushes out of the back of a tanker truck into a river.
    Information icon Paddlefish being stocked in the Leaf River. Photo by Daniel Scwharz, USFWS.

    Paddlefish production

    Populations of paddlefish in the United States have been on the decline over the past few decades primarily because they are one of three egg-bearing species that are permitted to be commercially fished and exported for their eggs. With a decline in Caspian Sea sturgeon stocks, which was the main source of caviar, canneries have been using other species of fish, including paddlefish, to create caviar. To mitigate these declines, Pvt.  Learn more...

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