Mora National Fish Hatchery
Southwest Region
 

Coronavirus Update

Although most refuge and hatchery lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you recreate responsibly.

  • Check the refuge or hatchery website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission. All visitors who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.

Current Policies
The Department of the Interior’s current COVID-19 policy incorporates CDC guidance. As CDC science-based guidance changes, our policy will adapt. Visitors have always been encouraged by DOI to review CDC guidance when making their plans to recreate responsibly. CDC guidance indicates that fully vaccinated people are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission. Unvaccinated people must wear a mask indoors in DOI buildings at all times and outdoors when physical distancing cannot be maintained. All people, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask on all forms of public transportation and in healthcare settings on DOI lands. We will continue to ask visitors to follow CDC guidance to recreate responsibly.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Overview

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The Mora NFH is located in north-central New Mexico on the edge of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range about 1.5 miles north of Mora, New Mexico on state highway 434.

Mora NFH is dedicated to the restoration and recovery of the threatened Gila trout, a fish found only in the high desert and mountain watersheds of the Gila, Salt, and Verde drainages in New Mexico and Arizona. Biologists maintain wild brood stocks of the rare Gila trout, keeping them in as much a natural setting as possible.

The facility has the ability to keep broodfish separated in four specially designed systems, as well as hold wild fish in four separate isolation facilities. These systems are also used for emergency rescue of fish threatened by wildfire.

History

The hatchery was created in 1994 and was operational by 1998. Water is a scarce commodity in the arid southwest and is increasingly in demand for agriculture, municipal, and recreational uses. This demand has consequently impacted aquatic habitats and their inhabitants. Region 2 pushed for an innovative hatchery to assist in tackling these issues. Typical intensive and extensive fish culture techniques use far more water than was available, so a recirculation hatchery was designed. It relies on water re-use and re-circulation technologies to reduce quantities of influent water required by approximately 95 percent.

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Last updated: August 2, 2021