Magazine article Endangered Species Bulletin

The National Fish Hatchery System

Magazine article Endangered Species Bulletin

The National Fish Hatchery System

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The Fish and Wildlife Service's Fisheries Program is steeped in the conservation traditions of America. Throughout a history that spans 136 years, the Fisheries Program has endeavored to respond to the ever-changing challenges in resource conservation wrought by constantly evolving societal demands. This remains true today.

From the earliest beginnings of our Fisheries Program, the Service's National Fish Hatchery System has been a principal asset in responding to emerging conservation challenges. Within the National Fish Hatchery System, captive propagation has been, and continues to be, a valuable and irreplaceable tool in the management, restoration, and recovery of fish and other aquatic-dependent species. Used in the right way at the right time, the System employs captive propagation to restore and replenish aquatic animal populations in ways that no other conservation tool can.

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Hatcheries complement habitat conservation and restoration programs. Today, the System's 70 National Fish Hatcheries, nine Fish Health Centers, seven Fish Technology Centers, and Aquatic Animal Drug Approval Partnership program all play a significant role in conserving our Nation's fish, mussels, aquatic insects and plants, and amphibians. In doing so, we also help provide recreational opportunities to America's 34 million anglers, who spend $36 billion annually in pursuit of America's favorite pastime.

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I am honored to be associated with the many outstanding professionals that comprise the Service's Fisheries Program. …

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