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The Ecological Services Branch and Fisheries and Habitat Branches of the Northern Alaska Fish and Wildlife Field Office,...
02/06/2023

The Ecological Services Branch and Fisheries and Habitat Branches of the Northern Alaska Fish and Wildlife Field Office, out of Fairbanks, work with others to deliver fish and wildlife conservation on over 338 million acres of Alaska. The Ecological Services Branch is responsible for the recovery of three species listed as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act: Steller’s eiders, spectacled eiders, and polar bears. The Fisheries and Habitat Branches gather critical information about the lives and habitats of Alaska's native fish on and off the National Wildlife Refuge System lands. http://ow.ly/wrqA50MJME8
Photo USFWS Katrina Liebich

Biologists at the La Cross Fish Health Center in Wisconsin are using flow cytometry methods to determine if captured bla...
02/05/2023

Biologists at the La Cross Fish Health Center in Wisconsin are using flow cytometry methods to determine if captured black carp have three sets (triploid) or two sets (diploid) of chromosomes. The aquaculture industry began producing triploid carp using a technique that causes them to have three (instead of two) sets of chromosomes, rendering them sterile to reduce the risk of an invasion if the fish were to escape. Flow cytometry, a tool usually reserved for human health research, was used in fisheries management for the first time in a recent study on invasive black carp in the Mississippi River basin because it identified reproducing (diploid) black carp in the population. Below is a picture of Black Carp blood samples in preservatives for flow cytometry.
http://ow.ly/cGAT50MJM83
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service develops Habitat Conservation Plans (HCPs) to be used as a toolbox, with incentives t...
02/04/2023

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service develops Habitat Conservation Plans (HCPs) to be used as a toolbox, with incentives to protect the interests of private landowners and encourage management activities that benefit listed and other at-risk species. HCPs are essential tools in protecting, conserving, and restoring at-risk species because two-thirds of federally listed species have at least some of their habitat on private land, and other species have most of their remaining habitat on private land. A Habitat Conservation Plan is designed to help landowners and communities while providing long-term benefits to species and their habitats. http://ow.ly/60SE50MJLIf
Photo USFWS John Clecker

Kellie Hanser advises fellow biologists to work at several different Fish and Wildlife Conservation Offices (FWCOs) to l...
02/04/2023

Kellie Hanser advises fellow biologists to work at several different Fish and Wildlife Conservation Offices (FWCOs) to learn and experience new areas of fisheries. While working at the Carterville FWCO in Illinois, she had the opportunity to sample the fish communities at both Swan Lake and Chautauqua National Refuges to assess the impact of water drawdowns on invasive carp populations. Her current duties at the Columbia FWCO in Missouri have included conducting night electrified paupier trawling (http://ow.ly/elyE50MJyZC) across Kentucky Lake, assessing gizzard shad and Silver Carp populations. She has also assisted in preparing and aging Silver Carp otoliths from across the region to understand population demographics better. Kellie is looking forward to 2023 to continue to build her skill set in fisheries. http://ow.ly/veb450MJz7y
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The Hawai’i Fish Habitat partnership is seeking proposals for aquatic habitat conservation projects for 2024 related to ...
02/03/2023

The Hawai’i Fish Habitat partnership is seeking proposals for aquatic habitat conservation projects for 2024 related to streams, estuaries, and nearshore marine habitats of the main Hawaiian Islands. Proposals are due by February 24, 2023. The Hawaiʻi FHP administers financial assistance awards of up to $125,000 for fish passage improvements and aquatic habitat restoration. Successful applicants will have funds in place in the second quarter of 2024. Projects scheduled for completion in 12-18 months are preferred. On-the-ground aquatic habitat conservation projects are given the highest priority, especially “shovel-ready” projects that have completed environmental compliance requirements. http://ow.ly/sJ2y50MJ9kL
Photo USFWS Gordon Smith

Lauren Kong, from the Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office (SFWO) of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, located western ...
02/03/2023

Lauren Kong, from the Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office (SFWO) of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, located western pearlshell mussels inhabiting the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) watershed property on the San Francisco Peninsula. Lauren Kong is a biologist with the SFWO's Recovery and Conservation Planning Division, with expertise in freshwater mussels. She is hopeful they might find western ridged mussels on their next survey on the SFPUC watershed property. Ms. Kong noted, "The conditions for western pearlshell and western ridged mussels are the same: cool temperatures, high dissolved oxygen, low levels of toxins and flowing water.” http://ow.ly/2Hc250MJ6jk
Photo USFWS Lauren Kong

Lahontan National Fish Hatchery in Nevada plays a pivotal role in protecting and restoring threatened Lahontan cutthroat...
02/02/2023

Lahontan National Fish Hatchery in Nevada plays a pivotal role in protecting and restoring threatened Lahontan cutthroat trout populations in Lake Tahoe, Truckee, Pyramid, and Walker Lake Basins of Nevada and Eastern Sierra Mountains. Lahontan National Fish Hatchery maintains a broodstock of a unique strain of Lahontan cutthroat trout, the Pilot Peak strain, which represents the original lake form that evolved in ancient Lake Lahontan and is the largest inland cutthroat trout in the world. http://ow.ly/9ygP50MHhPB
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Green Lake National Fish Hatchery in Maine works with partners to conserve and recover the endangered Gulf of Maine Dist...
02/02/2023

Green Lake National Fish Hatchery in Maine works with partners to conserve and recover the endangered Gulf of Maine Distinct Population Segment. They raise Atlantic salmon to help prevent their extinction and preserve their genetic diversity. Green Lake National Fish Hatchery releases yearling Atlantic salmon smolt and fall parr for recovery purposes only. Green Lake National Fish Hatchery (NFH) uses very specific hatchery breeding and rearing protocols to produce disease-free fish and maintain the genetic integrity of the endangered Distinct Population Segment of Atlantic salmon. Below is a picture of eyed Atlantic salmon eggs. http://ow.ly/cnaG50MHf5M
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A Candidate Conservation Agreement (CCA) is a formal voluntary agreement between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Ser...
02/02/2023

A Candidate Conservation Agreement (CCA) is a formal voluntary agreement between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and one or more parties to address the conservation needs of candidate species or species that may become candidates in the near future. A candidate species is a species for which the Service has enough information regarding their biological status and threats to propose them as threatened or endangered, but higher priority listing activities currently preclude their listing. Proactive conservation efforts for these species can, in some cases, eliminate the need to list them under the Endangered Species Act. http://ow.ly/4tuW50MGRxM
Photo USFWS Randy Browning

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02/01/2023

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Winter crappie fishing creates fantastic opportunities for beginning anglers who want to target panfish on ultralight tackle. Learn where to find them, when to go, what to tackle to use, and which techniques will get them biting. https://bit.ly/3CXht5A

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02/01/2023

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Finding a sand dollar on the beach can make you feel like a million bucks 💰

Sand dollars are invertebrates (no backbone) that are closely related to sea urchins, sea stars, and sea cucumbers. When alive, a sand dollar is covered in tube feet and tiny spines that give it a furry appearance. Their coloration ranges from reddish-brown to purple.

After death, the exoskeleton is all that remains of a sand dollar. The exoskeleton is white because it consists of calcium carbonate. The flower or star shaped marking on the center of the sand dollar mimics the inner structure of the live animal.

📸Larry Woodward/USFWS

02/01/2023

What can be done to protect blue and humpback whales from in the waters off the U.S. West Coast? 🐋 In a new study, a team led by our post-doc scholar Leena Riekkola found that gear reduction in a Washington crab fishery decreased entanglement risk to whales...but annual variability in distribution was key! 🔑

📸: Map of the U.S. West Coast indicating the location of the study area (in blue) off Washington. Dotted line denotes 200 m depth contour. Solid black lines on the map denote fictional Dungeness crab string lines (lines of crab pots), with insert (not to scale) showing a line of pots and the ropes connecting them to surface buoys.

🔎 Dive in to the paper (open access): https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/resource/peer-reviewed-research/retrospective-analysis-measures-reduce-large-whale-entanglements

➡ Learn more about our large whale entanglement response program on the West Coast: https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/west-coast/marine-mammal-protection/west-coast-large-whale-entanglement-response-program



Partners: NOAA Fisheries Service, UW Biology, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories

02/01/2023

The Salmon are coming…..New Diet Study Begins at Genoa

Sometimes a series of unfortunate events allows a station’s empty tanks to be incorporated into some very meaningful research. Due to poor weather conditions in Lake Superior this year, the station was not able to receive lake trout eggs from Klondike Reef, a reef known to harbor a unique strain of lake trout known as “humpers”.
This strain appears to survive well in the lower Great Lakes lake trout restoration programs of Lake Erie and Ontario, and plans are in place to maintain and redevelop a disease free captive broodstock. But sometimes the best laid plans of mice and men open other windows of opportunity. This just occurred by freeing up a quarantine wing in order to receive Landlocked Atlantic Salmon eggs from the White River National Fish Hatchery in Bethel, Vermont in order to jump start a diet study of great interest to Great Lakes Fisheries managers.

The study will examine the effects of varying levels of thiamine, a dietary essential B vitamin which impacts early life survival and potential future reproductive success. Alewife, an introduced species in the Great Lakes, contain a high level of thiaminase, and enzyme which breaks down thiamine in the body of apex predators in the system. This has been suspected of causing early mortality syndrome, a high level mortality event in early life stage fry in the Great Lakes. Finding out what at what level thiamine deficiency will cause this syndrome will be beneficial to fishery managers and fish culturists, in order to manage fish feed production and use management practices to reduce introduced forage species when possible to control reduced survival and generational recruitment in wild and captive populations. The resulting fry from this egg shipment will be transferred to the Service’s Midwest Fisheries Center’s wet lab in Onalaska, WI when they are ready to accept prepared diets and continue the study. By: Doug Aloisi

Separating eggs with a feather in a tray filled with water. Photo: USFWS.

02/01/2023

📢 LAST WEEK TO APPLY! 👉 's 2023 Summer Fellow applications! There are 8 full-time, 12-week positions paying $10,000 each. Applications are due 03 Feb 2023 at 11:59 pm (Eastern Time)! Eligibility & how to apply: https://ciglr.seas.umich.edu/2023-great-lakes-summer-student-fellows-program-application-information-2/



cc: International Association for Great Lakes Research (IAGLR) University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability Michigan Sea Grant Ohio Sea Grant NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory LSSU Center for Freshwater Research and Education GVSU Annis Water Resources Institute MSU College of Natural Science University of Wisconsin Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant New York Sea Grant Central Michigan University Michigan Technological University UMD Swenson College of Science & Engineering Cornell University The Nature Conservancy in Michigan LimnoTech

02/01/2023

Today we celebrate FINAL Clean Water Act 404(c) safeguards for the headwaters of Bristol Bay, Alaska.

The announcement from EPA comes after over a decade of speaking up for the most prolific sockeye salmon fishery on the planet. These safeguards get Bristol Bay another layer of protection against the formerly proposed Pebble mine, but the work to permanently protect Bristol Bay is not over yet.

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02/01/2023

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Due to their photo-sensitive red pigment, helmet jellyfish (Periphylla periphylla) avoid sunlight like the plague, preferring the frigid depths to the sun’s damaging rays.

But how do these brainless, sightless jellies know when it’s time to retreat to the murky safety of the ?

Find out at https://go.whoi.edu/otz-helmet-jelly

02/01/2023

Will we be seeing you at the World Recreational Fisheries Conference in Melbourne? If so, don’t miss the keynote from Keep Fish Wet’s executive director Sascha Clark Danylchuk!

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Delegates attending WRFC10 will be fortunate to be able to tune into Sascha's keynote to lead the Catch and Release theme - "How to Build a Bridge" - on the first morning of the conference, Monday 20th February. Sascha's keynote will impart wisdom and share lessons learnt from her work enhancing knowledge exchange between scientists and anglers. Sascha will be focusing on the importance of communicating applicable fisheries science to recreational anglers, and creating opportunities for fisheries scientists to listen to recreational anglers to help ensure that their science is grounded.

Sascha Clark Danylchuk is Executive Director of Keep Fish Wet (www.keepfishwet.org), a US nonprofit dedicated to helping anglers improve the outcome for each fish they release.

With Sascha's strong belief that recreational anglers have something to learn from fisheries scientists and that scientists need to make their work accessible to a wider audience. Sascha endeavors to develop a space in which effective communication and changing social norms can help create more resilient recreational fisheries around the world.

To read more about WRFC10 keynotes, speakers, to view the full program and register for the conference, visit www.wrfc10.com

02/01/2023

The International Fly Fishing Film Festival, the world's leading fly-fishing film event, is bringing the best filmmakers and most stunning cinematography to a theater near you! ⠀
TU is excited to sponsor the launch of a new curated collection of premium fly-fishing films with International Fly Fishing Film Festival 🐟 ⠀

Here are some Great Lakes showings that are not to be missed!⠀

📍February 8 • Wausau, WI with Wisconsin River Valley Chapter, Trout Unlimited⠀
📍March 4 • Portage, MI with Kalamazoo Valley Trout Unlimited
📍March 10 • Erie, PA with Northwest Pennsylvania Chapter of Trout Unlimited⠀
📍March 21 • Bay City, MI with Mershon-Neumann Heritage Chapter of Trout Unlimited ⠀
📍March 25 • Rochester, NY with Seth Green Chapter of Trout Unlimited ⠀
📍March 28 • Milford, MI with Paul H. Young, Trout Unlimited ⠀

🎟️Get tickets here: https://www.flyfilmfest.com/schedule/

Shark Senses and Anthropogenic Noise with Clemency White
02/01/2023
Shark Senses and Anthropogenic Noise with Clemency White

Shark Senses and Anthropogenic Noise with Clemency White

Enjoy this week's episode with our new host Elise and her first guest, Clemency White, as they chat about shark sensory biology, anthropogenic noise, and the importance of keeping our hands to ourselves!

02/01/2023

Fish have sensitive internal organs, so handling them with care is important. Avoid placing your hand over their mouth and gills since this obstructs breathing. If a fish is bigger than your hand, use both hands to hold it. With larger fish, grip the base of the tail with an "A-Ok" finger formation and gently support the body close to the pelvic fins. Consider keeping very large fish in the water – for their safety and yours.

Want more fish handling tips? Head over to our website to check out our science-backed principles and tips.

https://www.keepfishwet.org/

Photo: Dominic Lentini

02/01/2023

BACK TO STOCKING: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery staff, along with Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources personnel stocked Rainbow trout in the following waters today.

10-inch
Fisherman’s Park Lake #3 - Jefferson Co............500
Fisherman’s Park Lake #4 - Jefferson Co............500
Miles Park #3 - Green Heron - Jefferson Co.....500
Miles Park #4 - Angler - Jefferson Co.................750

9-inch
Paintsville Lake - Johnson Co..........................10,000

Photos from Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc.'s post
02/01/2023

Photos from Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc.'s post

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02/01/2023

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If you're cold, they're... not cold.

Bison have developed the ability to survive in the most extreme conditions. Their thick woolly coat provides such good insulation and protection that they are perfectly comfortable when the temperatures drop below zero.

A thick coat but also thick skin! The bison's skin will actually thicken, and fatty deposits will also develop during winter. This additional adaptation keeps the bison warm and toasty on those frigid winter days.

Photo: Bobbi Northcott (sharetheexperience.org)

Photos from Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians's post
02/01/2023

Photos from Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians's post

02/01/2023

Hey Teachers! We know that schools have been closed in the area for the last few days, but that doesn't mean you can't think of the future. Bring your class to the Hatchery for a unique opportunity to dissect a fresh water mussel. Call us to book your class today. 417-451-0554

Internal organs of a Black Sandshell photo/USFWS

On Saturday, February 4, 2023, from 8:30 am – 12:00 pm, Genoa National Fish Hatchery in Wisconsin will be back on the ic...
02/01/2023

On Saturday, February 4, 2023, from 8:30 am – 12:00 pm, Genoa National Fish Hatchery in Wisconsin will be back on the ice for their Kids Fishing Day event. After a safety lesson, the kids will ice fish for rainbow trout on Pond 11. New this year, participants can try their hand at snowshoeing! A light lunch will also be provided. This event is weather and ice condition dependent, so please follow Genoa National Fish Hatchery at http://ow.ly/ev5v50MEPfl for updates!
http://ow.ly/T2eg50MEPsf
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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has reopened the comment period to delist the endangered Puerto Rican boa from the List o...
01/31/2023

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has reopened the comment period to delist the endangered Puerto Rican boa from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife (List) under the Endangered Species Act. The comment period has been reopened to give the public more time on the July 2022 proposal, and will hold a virtual public hearing on February 16, 2023, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time (7-8:30 p.m. Atlantic Time) via the Zoom platform. Puerto Rican boas are nonvenomous snakes native only to Puerto Rico. They are the largest snakes in Puerto Rico, with adults reaching nearly seven feet in length. Puerto Rican boas have remained listed since the passage of the ESA in 1973 due to its population decline and habitat deforestation. http://ow.ly/FUIT50MEG3C
Photo Enelis Mulero

Many of the attendees of the Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery Beginner’s Fly-tying Workshop left with smiles and handma...
01/31/2023

Many of the attendees of the Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery Beginner’s Fly-tying Workshop left with smiles and handmade flies they tied themselves! The Beginner’s Fly-tying Workshop, led by Roy Meeks and Dan Jackman of the Kentuckiana Fly Tiers, allowed people to stay connected to the outdoors but out of the cold this winter. Participants were provided a fly-tying kit and materials so each could leave with worms and woollyboogers they tied themselves. http://ow.ly/5XOz50MEuHC
Photo USFWS, Makenzie Foster

American Conservation Experience Fellow Elena Campbell learned how hunting stewardship benefits wildlife conservation wh...
01/31/2023

American Conservation Experience Fellow Elena Campbell learned how hunting stewardship benefits wildlife conservation while attending the Conservation Leaders for Tomorrow Workshop at the Elliot Wildlife Center in Mansfield, Georgia. The Wildlife and Sportfish Restoration Program supports American Conservation Fellows so they can learn about the motivations and demographics of American hunters, contemporary wildlife management issues, and additional outdoor activities that help support conservation, like trapping and fishing. http://ow.ly/EBVG50MCwmO
Photo Conservation Leaders For Tomorrow

Looking sharp! This homegrown Colorado River fish is the endangered razorback sucker. Maybe its "razor" serves as a keel...
01/30/2023

Looking sharp! This homegrown Colorado River fish is the endangered razorback sucker. Maybe its "razor" serves as a keel. Or perhaps its design deters another local predator (the Colorado Pikeminnow) from an easy meal. Whatever its purpose, we're a sucker for this big, long-lived, wetland-loving fish with the vermicelli-like larvae.

Catch the latest episode of "Fish of the Week!" that's all about razorback suckers (yes, we have a ). Tildon Jones joins from our Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program in Utah: https://www.fws.gov/fish-of-the-week-podcast

A Razorback Sucker photographed at Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery. 📷 Sam Stukel/USFWS

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Happy New Year! In 2022, the Fish and Aquatic Conservation (FAC) program will continue to work with our partners to conserve, restore and enhance fish and other aquatic resources for the continuing benefit of the American people. FAC is using telemetry studies to reveal the hidden lives of fish, using conservation genetics to understand the health of at-risk fish populations, conducting environmental DNA sampling to help fight invasive species, developing cryopreservation techniques to help build genetic lock boxes for at-risk species and engineering solutions to help build better for wildlife. http://ow.ly/aanX50Hkckj
Photo USFWS Sam Stukel
Due to high water conditions on the Green River in Kentucky, demolition crews working on lock and dam No. 5 have halted any further dismantling of the aged structures until next spring for safety reasons. The removal of lock and dam No. 5 is the latest step in a series of steps which included the removal of lock and dam No. 6 in 2017 and the future removal of Barren River lock and dam No.1 next year. During the last century, almost 1,800 dams have been removed from rivers in the United States. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will help USFWS Fisheries and partners continue executing projects like this one. http://ow.ly/ML0L50GzG2E
Photo USFWS Mark Davis
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will help USFWS Fisheries and partners continue executing projects like this one that are improving fish migration and the health of our rivers and streams. The Ecological Services staff of the Bozeman Fish Technology Center of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service teamed up with Montana State University and the U.S. Geological Survey Montana Cooperative Fishery Research Unit to develop new tools to help fish move past dams, travel under highways and swim past irrigation systems. http://ow.ly/H8GQ50Hk6Su
Photo MSU Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is supporting their partners in the rescue and rehabilitation of manatees affected by an Unusual Mortality Event (UME), which is defined as “a stranding that is unexpected; involves a significant die-off of any marine mammal; and demands an immediate response.” More than $613,000 in grant funding was distributed to state agencies and conservation organizations in the Southeast and the Caribbean through the John H. Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance Grant Program by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. http://ow.ly/PtIj50Hk4ex
Photo USFWS Jennifer Koches
We hope you continue to enjoy the outdoor recreational opportunities available on our National Wildlife Refuges and at our National Fish Hatcheries. Please take the time to review our “Do’s and Don’ts” list while you are visiting our public lands in 2022 at http://ow.ly/9r5a50HjXKO. You can also learn how salmon make their long journey from the Pacific Ocean to their natal spawning streams at http://ow.ly/U6eo50HjXIa. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we ask that you call our facilities ahead of time to check on the current visitation policy and safety protocols required by our facilities.
Photo USFWS Roger Tabor
Here is some great news on East Coast Atlantic Sturgeon for the end the year. Let us hope this trend continues!
We all know that chubs rock! Check out the illustration below of the peamouth chub! They are also known as redmouth suckers or the northwestern dace. These minnows are a migratory fish species just like salmon and steelhead.
Are you getting ready to hit the road for a long return home after holiday travels? Need a good listen? Have we got a GREAT podcast recommendation for you.
Fish of the Week! It's a can't miss. Seriously!
Chime in on which episode is your fav!

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/fish-of-the-week/id1546630514
Considered "the warblers of the fish world" by some, the Darter family has over 200 tiny, beautiful, and often brightly-colored species, including the holiday darter (pictured).

This week, our special guest is Dr. Brett Albanese from Georgia DNR's Freshwater Biodiversity Program. We're talking about the darters of the Southeast United States, with a deep dive into the lives of holiday darters specifically. 🎣 Catch this all-new episode of Fish of the Week! here 🐟 http://ow.ly/rAtu50HiAa0 🐟 or wherever you get your podcasts.

📷 Brett Albanese/Georgia DNR
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced the first experimental release of captively produced Delta smelt to evaluate future release strategies to help secure and stabilize diminishing wild Delta smelt populations. This release was a joint effort with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the California Department of Water Resources. The primary causes for the decline of wild populations of Delta smelt include sustained drought conditions and limited water availability. http://ow.ly/wUEs50HgB8E
Photo USFWS Brandon Honig
The Fish and Aquatic Conservation program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would like to wish our fans a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year, and a joyous and safe Holiday Season! You can download the card below at: http://ow.ly/gNfJ50HgNZW
Illustration USFWS Duane Raver
Many of us prefer a traditional white Christmas complete with snow! We wanted to remind all of you that that there are many winter outdoor recreational opportunities at our National Fish Hatcheries. Some of the wintertime activities that can be conducted at our facilities include snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, wildlife, and bird watching, year-round fishing and the rare opportunity to view fish spawning in the side channels at one our hatcheries. Although many of our hatcheries are open to the public, we ask that you call ahead before you visit. http://ow.ly/Y8JX50HfWSR
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