Hatchery working with endangered fish

The Neosho National Fish Hatchery is taking on another endangered species to work with — the Topeka shiner.

On Nov. 21, 2014, a partnership was made by the fish hatchery with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (Columbia office), Missouri Ecological Services Field Office and the Missouri Department of Conservation.

“This understanding will enable us to assist the service and the state of Missouri in the propagation efforts of the species in northern Missouri,” said fish hatchery manager, Dave Hendrix.

The hatchery’s plans help meet the recovery goals established in the state’s 2010 10-year strategic plan for recovery of the Topeka shiner.

Topeka Shiners

“Lost Valley Hatchery has already been working with them and has successfully developed propagation for spawning them in pond habitats,” said Hendrix.

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