New Mexico Fish & Wildlife Conservation Office
Southwest Region

Tribal Assistance

Photo of service members collection catfish eggs
Channel catfish stocking. Credit: USFWS
Photo of person holding a colorado pikeminnow
Colorado pikeminnow. Credit: USFWS
Photo of workers on a boat with a fyke net
Fyke nets at NAPI ponds. Credit: USFWS
Photo of service members electrofishing on Poso Creek
Poso Creek. Credit: USFWS
Photo of workers on a boat with a fyke net
Fyke nets on NAPI ponds. Credit: USFWS
Photo of a Rio Grande cutthroat trout in a net
Rio Grande cutthroat trout. Credit: USFWS

For more than twenty years, NMFWCO has been providing technical assistance to NM tribes to develop and enhance native fish conservation and recreational fisheries on their homelands.  Duties have ranged from lake and stream surveys, habitat assessments and improvements, fish passage, native fish conservation, non-native fish removal, educational outreach, and ESA collaboration.  There are 22 federally recognized tribes within the State of New Mexico that NMFWCO has the opportunity to assist.

Additionally, NMFWCO is the lead office for several Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) programs throughout New Mexico.  These tribal YCC programs employ Native American youth for 8 weeks during the summer.  Student employees assist staff with daily fisheries management activities, trail maintenance, and fish culture activities.  The NMFWCO works cooperatively with our tribal partners to make this a successful and rewarding program for all involved.  Through this experience it is hoped that these youth will be encouraged to pursue a career in natural resource conservation.

Project Lead:  D. Chris Kitcheyan; 505-342-9900 ext. 107;

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Last updated: December 10, 2014