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For the first time in more than a century, Lahontan cutthroat trout will be able to reach their native spawning grounds ...
05/09/2020
Derby Dam along the Truckee River, Nevada

For the first time in more than a century, Lahontan cutthroat trout will be able to reach their native spawning grounds because of the Nation’s largest fish screen being constructed on the Derby Dam on the Truckee River in Nevada. The collaborative construction partners for this project include the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the Pyramid Lake Pauite Tribe.
http://ow.ly/CiJz50zAa2Y

In 1905, Derby Dam was constructed to divert water for irrigation from the Truckee River and Pyramid Lake. Almost 50 years after the Lahontan cutthroat trout was listed under the Endangered Species Act, agencies are investing in a game-changing, fish-friendly infrastructure project at Derby Dam to h...

The Topeka shiner was listed as endangered in 1998 under the Endangered Species Act. They are now absent from 80% of the...
05/09/2020

The Topeka shiner was listed as endangered in 1998 under the Endangered Species Act. They are now absent from 80% of their historical range. They inhabit pool-like areas outside of main channel courses near groundwater sources. http://ow.ly/re0I50zA4qy

Photo USFWS Aleshia Kenney

Comanche Springs pupfish are tough fish! They can tolerate temperatures up to 104 degrees Fahrenheit and a wide range of...
05/08/2020

Comanche Springs pupfish are tough fish! They can tolerate temperatures up to 104 degrees Fahrenheit and a wide range of salinities. They can reach lengths of more than two inches and inhabit fresh water marshes, springs and canals. http://ow.ly/kwjg50zA2qq

Photo USFWS S. Muse

05/08/2020
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It is Migration Friday! Check out this great video footage of pink salmon, also known as humpback salmon, on their spawning migration in Alaskan waters!

You can do it! Migrating pink salmon. Footage by Jarred Stone and Katrina Liebich/USFWS

Today is the last day of National Teacher’s Week (May 4 – May 8). We just wanted to acknowledge the monumental efforts o...
05/08/2020

Today is the last day of National Teacher’s Week (May 4 – May 8). We just wanted to acknowledge the monumental efforts of our teachers and parents who have actively engaged the minds of our youth during these difficult times! http://ow.ly/bT9F50zAYYE National Parent Teacher Association

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This fascinating video highlights how the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, Oklahoma State University and Ti...
05/08/2020

This fascinating video highlights how the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, Oklahoma State University and Tishomingo National Fish are working together to monitor, assess, and restore paddlefish in Oklahoma. Enjoy! http://ow.ly/f7rC50zA9Gk

Photo USFWS Ryan Hagerty

News Flash! Humans and fish have a lot in common right now.  Social distancing or shall we say social “fish-stancing” wo...
05/07/2020

News Flash! Humans and fish have a lot in common right now. Social distancing or shall we say social “fish-stancing” works for fish in much the same way it works for people, in preventing the spread of disease at our National Fish Hatcheries.
http://ow.ly/xfLG50zzRFE

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This little trispot darter, listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, is about 5 cm. long and once inhabite...
05/07/2020

This little trispot darter, listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, is about 5 cm. long and once inhabited streams of the Coosa River Basin in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee. Now, they are only found in a few streams in Alabama. http://ow.ly/6qNU50zzOcv

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Randy Brown, an Alaskan Fish and Wildlife Service fishery biologist, received the Rachel Carson Award for exemplary scie...
05/06/2020
FWS Scholar: Randy J. Brown

Randy Brown, an Alaskan Fish and Wildlife Service fishery biologist, received the Rachel Carson Award for exemplary scientific accomplishment for his innovative efforts in discovering the migration, distribution and habitat of the Bering Cisco in Alaska. http://ow.ly/tc4G50zyOao

Randy Brown was born in Arlington, Virginia but grew up in the southwest, mostly in New Mexico, where he developed a love for the outdoors…

Randy Brown, a fishery biologist from Alaska and recent recipient of the Rachel Carson Award for exemplary scientific ac...
05/06/2020

Randy Brown, a fishery biologist from Alaska and recent recipient of the Rachel Carson Award for exemplary scientific accomplishment is continuing his fishery research legacy with the following 2020 publication titled Trends in Length, Weight, and Age of Humpback Whitefish in Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge. Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge

#TeamFish, it's pub time: Brown, Randy J. and Katie G. Shink. 2020. Trends in Length, Weight, and Age of Humpback Whitefish in the Tetlin National #WildlifeRefuge, Upper Tanana River Drainage, over a 20-Year Time Period http://ow.ly/6UHQ50zwXri

The Carolina heelsplitter, first described in 1852, is one of the most endangered freshwater mussels in the United State...
05/05/2020

The Carolina heelsplitter, first described in 1852, is one of the most endangered freshwater mussels in the United States. They can live up to 20 years and filter a gallon of water a day. Only 11 populations are known to exist today. http://ow.ly/hATa50zwrre

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In this video link, the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service asks that you stay safe while visiting Service la...
05/05/2020

In this video link, the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service asks that you stay safe while visiting Service lands and facilities. This bronze salmon is at the entrance of Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery in Maine. http://ow.ly/Gt0Q50zwpl1

Photo USFWS E. Steenstra

The Yaqui chub no longer exists in its historical habitat but has been introduced into San Bernadino National Wildlife R...
05/04/2020

The Yaqui chub no longer exists in its historical habitat but has been introduced into San Bernadino National Wildlife Refuge and ponds in the Chiricahua Mountains in Arizona. It was listed as endangered under federal law in 1984. http://ow.ly/lPuj50zwkTo

Photo USFWS Bill Radke

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Bureau of Reclamation funded six reclamation projects along the Sacramento Ri...
05/04/2020

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Bureau of Reclamation funded six reclamation projects along the Sacramento River, between Red Bluff and the Keswick Dam in California. Four of these projects benefited Chinook salmon. http://ow.ly/8EiF50zwgL8

Photo USFWS Ryan Hagerty

The Gulf Sturgeon, which is listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, has not changed in the last 200 milli...
05/03/2020

The Gulf Sturgeon, which is listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, has not changed in the last 200 million years. It can reach lengths of 9 ft. and weigh as much as 300 lbs. It inhabits the northern Gulf of Mexico. http://ow.ly/pp9L50zuAYp

Photo USFWS Ryan Hagerty

Although the Arkansas River shiner used to inhabit 3,200 miles of large sand bed rivers throughout the Great Plains, the...
05/03/2020

Although the Arkansas River shiner used to inhabit 3,200 miles of large sand bed rivers throughout the Great Plains, they can now only be found in 20% of their historic range from extreme eastern New Mexico downstream into Oklahoma. http://ow.ly/WPKF50zusHE

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Jordan River National Fish Hatchery stocks more than 3 million fish into the Great Lakes annually, including cisco, rain...
05/02/2020

Jordan River National Fish Hatchery stocks more than 3 million fish into the Great Lakes annually, including cisco, rainbow, brook and lake trout. Even though the Hatchery office is closed to the public, the grounds remain open for your use. http://ow.ly/ClvB50zulUo

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Before European colonists reached the New World, Native American tribes set up fishing villages to harvest Atlantic stri...
05/02/2020

Before European colonists reached the New World, Native American tribes set up fishing villages to harvest Atlantic striped bass along the coast. The commercial and recreational Atlantic striped bass fishery is now a multi-billion dollar industry. http://ow.ly/mdSf50zuiI2

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Delta smelt are a threatened species found in Suisun Bay upstream through the Sacramento/San Joaquin River Delta in Cali...
05/01/2020

Delta smelt are a threatened species found in Suisun Bay upstream through the Sacramento/San Joaquin River Delta in California. They feed on small aquatic animals and currently face competition and predation from non-native species. http://ow.ly/ySV150ztA3n

USFWS Steve Martarano

We urge everyone that reads this post will click on the link below and witness this collaborative "labor of love" dedica...
05/01/2020

We urge everyone that reads this post will click on the link below and witness this collaborative "labor of love" dedicated to saving the precious Independence Lake population of Lahontan cutthroat trout in California.
We ask that you share your fish love, please!

They are the last of their kind in California – and one of only two populations left in the world. The Lahontan cutthroat trout of Independence Lake – California’s last, self-sustaining lake population of this handsome native fish – are facing a new threat in hybridization with rainbow trout. CDFW biologists are deploying the latest genetics tools and emerging science to save them.

Read more about what is being done to safeguard Lahontan cutthroat trout by following the link below to our latest Science Spotlight article.

https://wildlife.ca.gov/Science-Institute/News/new-threat-facing-lahontan-cutthroat-trout-at-independence-lake-hybridization

It is Fry-day Friday! These pallid sturgeon fry are from our second spawn of the year at Gavins Point NFH in South Dakot...
05/01/2020

It is Fry-day Friday! These pallid sturgeon fry are from our second spawn of the year at Gavins Point NFH in South Dakota and are now two days old. Some of this batch will be kept for a year and then stocked into the Missouri River. http://ow.ly/kDb550zsiUa

Photo USFWS Sam Stukel

The Governor of Idaho’s salmon workgroup is developing policy changes that would include making the Snake River safer fo...
04/30/2020

The Governor of Idaho’s salmon workgroup is developing policy changes that would include making the Snake River safer for salmon and steelhead migration and securing water sources to improve hatcheries like Dworshak National Fish Hatchery. http://ow.ly/xCHj50ztiAP

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Let us keep our fingers crossed🤞 and do everything that we can to prevent these invasive carp from becoming prolific in ...
04/30/2020

Let us keep our fingers crossed🤞 and do everything that we can to prevent these invasive carp from becoming prolific in Saginaw Bay and Lake Huron!

Just published: New ecosystem model by
NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research and partners examines potential effects of Asian carp becoming established in Saginaw Bay, Lake Huron. https://go.usa.gov/xvyyD

USFWS FisheriesCooperative Institute for Great Lakes ResearchThe Nature Conservancy in MichiganMichigan Department of Natural ResourcesIllinois Department of Natural ResourcesIllinois-Indiana Sea GrantNational Wildlife Federation Great Lakes Regional Center

It is squeezing and stirring time at Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery in South Dakota, where they are engaged in thei...
04/30/2020

It is squeezing and stirring time at Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery in South Dakota, where they are engaged in their second pallid sturgeon spawning exercise of the year. http://ow.ly/vCrV50zslfU

Photo USFWS Sam Stukel

Our Fish and Wildlife Conservation Offices “ascertain whether any and what diminution in the number of food fishes of th...
04/29/2020

Our Fish and Wildlife Conservation Offices “ascertain whether any and what diminution in the number of food fishes of the coast and inland lakes has occurred.” This was the original charge of the U.S. Fisheries Commission in 1871. http://ow.ly/iNar50zsd2K

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This male Atlantic salmon is in full spawning mode, as demonstrated by its “kype” or hooked lower jaw, which it uses to ...
04/29/2020

This male Atlantic salmon is in full spawning mode, as demonstrated by its “kype” or hooked lower jaw, which it uses to battle other spawning males. Atlantic salmon do not die after spawning and can spawn multiple times. http://ow.ly/41tH50zsfTx

Photo USFWS Edward Steenstra

Well today is your lucky day! The New Mexico Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office has provided us with more "Family Fis...
04/29/2020

Well today is your lucky day! The New Mexico Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office has provided us with more "Family Fish Fun!" We urge you to grab your young folks around the kitchen table and have some real fun negotiating this fish maze. Enjoy!

#WorksheetWednesday Another maze to challenge your brain. Help the Gila and Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout eggs maneuver their way through the maze avoiding hazards like predators, fire, and pollution. As eggs develop, they become alevin, then fingerlings, and ultimately adult trout. The adult trout produce the next generation.

Click on image, select options, download, and enjoy.

USFWS Fisheries & U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Southwest Region

The burbot is the only freshwater member of the cod family. They inhabit deep, cold, lakes and rivers and are fierce pre...
04/28/2020

The burbot is the only freshwater member of the cod family. They inhabit deep, cold, lakes and rivers and are fierce predators. Their flesh, when cooked, is similar in taste to lobster, so they are named “the poor man’s lobster.” http://ow.ly/HfaV50zqO9w

Photo USFWS Leith Edgar

04/28/2020
Freshwaters Illustrated

All of are missing the "Good Ol' Days" right about now, when we could plan on getting together with our friends and going to the movie on Friday nights. At this point, we are not sure when those days are going to return. In the meantime, we are happy to share the next best thing with this spectacular Friday afternoon film opportunity being hosted by Freshwaters Illustrated, showcasing a new set of short films. Lights, Camera, Action!

Join us for a Friday afternoon watch party showcasing a new set of short films, including a new excerpt on river mussels from our Hidden Rivers film, and more short films highlighting North Carolina and Tennessee's Little Tennessee River system, and the recently established Little Tennessee Native Fish Conservation Area. 20 minutes total running length. The Freshwaters Illustrated filmmaking team will be online, and we'll be joined by some of the featured biologists from the films, so please come with your questions and insights.

Presented in cooperation with Mainspring Conservation Trust, NC Wildlife Resources Commission, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, North Carolina Wildlife Federation, Tennessee Valley Authority, Conservation Fisheries, Inc., EBCI Natural Resources, Cherokee Fisheries and Wildlife Management, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, U.S. Forest Service, Cherokee National Forest, Nantahala National Forest, USFWS Fisheries, Fisheries Conservation Foundation, American Rivers, Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee River, Nauticam USA, Reef Photo & Video

Charles Bronte is one of many U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Employees who acknowledge the priceless legacy of fishery s...
04/28/2020

Charles Bronte is one of many U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Employees who acknowledge the priceless legacy of fishery science left behind by Dr. Louella Cable, the first female scientist hired by the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries. http://ow.ly/WRyO50zpFpU

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The Chinook salmon is the largest of the Pacific salmon species in North America and can weigh as much as 135 pounds. So...
04/27/2020

The Chinook salmon is the largest of the Pacific salmon species in North America and can weigh as much as 135 pounds. Some Chinook make spawning migrations of more than 2,000 miles up the Yukon River through Alaska into Canada. http://ow.ly/6Tgg50znRXc

Photo USFWS Ryan Hagerty

Attention Lady Anglers! Make sure that you mark Tuesday, April 28 on your calendar for the Ladies Let’s Go Fishing Virtu...
04/27/2020

Attention Lady Anglers! Make sure that you mark Tuesday, April 28 on your calendar for the Ladies Let’s Go Fishing Virtual Happy Hour. The meeting is free and you can enter a raffle to win some Costa sunglasses. http://ow.ly/JbSl50znGb3

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This is a cisco. They are in the same family with trout and salmon. They live offshore in the water column. They were on...
04/26/2020

This is a cisco. They are in the same family with trout and salmon. They live offshore in the water column. They were once abundant throughout the Great Lakes before they were nearly wiped out by overfishing in the early 1900s. http://ow.ly/Geqe50znAIu

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A crappie tagged during a 2018-2019 Arkansas Game and Fish Commission study on Lake Dardanelle, traveled more than 32 mi...
04/26/2020

A crappie tagged during a 2018-2019 Arkansas Game and Fish Commission study on Lake Dardanelle, traveled more than 32 miles and was recaptured below Pulled Pond, near the Petite Jean River Wildlife Management Area, after a 2019 flood event. http://ow.ly/ScUd50zmFYx

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This is a male Dolly Varden char in full spawning colors. These multiple spawners are found in arctic and subarctic wate...
04/25/2020

This is a male Dolly Varden char in full spawning colors. These multiple spawners are found in arctic and subarctic waters around the world and feed on small fish such as salmon fry, salmon smolts, smelt, capelin and sandlance. http://ow.ly/CiDP50zmNp3

Photo USFWS Mitch Osborne

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