Category: U.S. Fisheries Issues and Updates

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I first had the pleasure to meet with Dr. Stuart Leon, Division Chief of Fisheries, Washington, D.C. when as the then President of the recently formed Friends of the Norfork National Fish HatcheryFriends Group. Our Frieds Group hosted the 50th year Anniversary of the Norfork Hatchery.

As the then President and representative of the Friends of the Norfork National Hatchery Friends, l was invited to attend a meeting of Friends groups to be hosted at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Offices in Arlington, VA.; at which time Stuart and Fisheries Staff gave us a great deal of information related to how the division of Fisheries nationally is managed and how its value and importance is for the benefit of the American public, offering due to the hatchery system a wide resource of recreational use, Which in turn also supports generated income both for all those involved in business activity related to the fisheries and the tax base that the given States benefit from.

I made further a number of visits to the D.C. offices, one of which was for us to establish the National Fisheries Friends Partnership to which l became its first Chairman. Stuart was there to make sure that the National Fisheries Friends Partnership became established, likewise for the Fish and Wildlife “Eddies” publication which supports through information the fisheries divisions.

If ever l needed to speak to Stuart on related matters for Friends group activity or further information related to support for the hatchery system, Stuart was there to answer my questions. Stuart was a very strong advocate of support for our National Fish Hatchery system both in the Washington office and the field personel.

l have no doubt Stuart was somewhat disappointed that the Fish and Wildlife Service policy is at this time not to fund the Mitigation Hatchery Program, which in my belief it is obligated to do so, regardless if funding is established from other sources to offset those costs.

I am not so sure we will see a suitable replacement for Stuart now he has retired as the Division Chief of Fisheries, we shall see. Either way, l wish him well for the future, hopefully once again working to support the value of the recreational fisheries, endangered species and issues of habitat conservation.

Davy Wotton. AISFF

Past President FNNFH

Past Chairman NFFP

Eddies Magazine- This Issue Dedicated to the U.S. Fisheries Division now Available Online.

For everyone who fishes, you by now have probably heard that it is up to us, the public to advocate for our U. S. Fisheries Division. Last year with the threat of closure for 9 of our National Mitigation Hatcheries was a true wake up call for us as anglers and as Americans.

This issue of the Eddies is solely dedicated to our U.S. National Fisheries would have been the perfect packet to provide to our individual legislators in 2011, but it is not too late, its content is packed with every reason for the argument for our fisheries division to have suustained funding and to further preserve and conserve its 141 years of raising healthy disease resistant fish and other aquatic resources to maintain a continued balance to our rivers and eco system.

I would hope that you would book mark this link to your favorites after reading and share this with you fellow anglers and outdoor minded people; absolutely share this with your own legislative staff and members where you live.

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I realize that this may sound like a commercial, but this is absolutely an issue that you cannot afford not to read if you are concerned about the future of our National Fisheries. One more thing to look for in this issue is the first ever printed information that breaks down the Economic Impact for this Division and the impact that it means to our country; the information is under the heading of “Net Worth”. Page 13 of this Issue.
I do have individual hard copies of the “Net Worth” for distribution so let me know if you need a copy of this.
on page 34 is a wonderful well writtien article close to my own heart, about the Oldest still Operational National Fish Hatchery established in 1888 in Neosho, Missouri. This hatchery is where I personally have spent many hours of volunteer work and service as a past President of the Friends of the Neosho National Fish Hatchery. It has a most glorious setting to visit, and a state of the art visitors center second to none of its kind. You may walk in its park like setting and afterward sit for a spell on the victorian style porch in a rocking chair and watch the fish in the ponds jump while being fed by other visitors. This National Fish Hatchery is worth the drive as a destination for the whole family. (be sure to look at the floors as you tour the center, I hear they are dinosaurs where you walk.) They also raise real and living dinosaurs here at this fish hatchery, be sure to ask about the Pallid Sturgeon. This article on Neosho was written by our Chief Director of the Fisheries Division himself, D.C. office- Dr. Stuart Leon. He’s a wonderful guy and personal friend who is absolutely contagious with his enthusuiasm of the public and healthy fish being together.

Here’s the link:

If you have any further questions, absolutely do not hesitate to contact me. (be sure to share this with everyone).

Teresa VanWinkle

Date: November 3, 2011

Contact: Adam Fetcher, (DOI) 202-208-6416
Valerie Fellows, (FWS) 703-358-2285

New Report Shows US Fish and Wildlife Service Fisheries Program
Helps Support 68,000 Jobs in U.S. Economy

Fisheries recreation and conservation activities are huge economic drivers for nation
WASHINGTON — The fisheries program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in association with
state agencies and other conservation organizations, contributes $3.6 billion to the nationfs economy
and supports 68,000 jobs across the country, according to a new report issued by the agency.
The report confirms once again that fishing, hunting and other outdoor recreational activities are an
economic engine for our country,h said Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. gWhen we invest in
restoring fish and wildlife habitat and creating opportunities for people to enjoy outdoor recreation,
we are investing in economic growth and jobs for the American people.h
Overall, hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation contribute an estimated $730 billion to the U.S.
economy each year, Salazar noted. One in twenty U.S. jobs are in the recreation economy . more
than there are doctors, lawyers, or teachers.
The report, Conserving Americafs Fisheries, An Assessment of Economic Contributions from Fisheries
and Aquatic Resource Conservation, shows that each dollar invested in the Servicefs Fisheries
Program, combined with its partners, generates about $28 in economic contributions and value.
The economic contributions generated are evidenced at sporting goods stores, marinas, guides and
outfitter services, boat dealerships, bait shops, gas stations, cafes, hotels, and many other
gSince 1871, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Fisheries Program has been a leader in managing
species, conserving habitat and sustaining the biological health of Americafs aquatic resources,h said
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe. gThese resources are inextricably tied to the health
and wealth of our nation. These benefits are ecological, scientific, aesthetic, recreational,
commercial, subsistence, social, cultural . and economic in nature.h
The report . the first time that Service economists have analyzed the economic contributions of the
nationfs fisheries programs . finds that a total of 68,000 American jobs are associated, directly or
indirectly, with the fisheries conservation programs and projects.
The report also shows the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Servicefs National Fish Hatchery System alone
generates $900 million in industrial output and $550 million in retail sales. National Fish Hatchery
programs generate 8,000 jobs and $256 million in salaries and wages.
Meanwhile, the National Fish Passage Program works with partners to reopen an average of 890
miles of river habitat annually, which has a economic value of $483 million and supports 11,000 jobs.
That is more than $542,000 in economic benefit per stream mile restored.
The Servicefs Fisheries Program plays a vital role in conserving Americafs fisheries, along with key
partners from states, tribes, federal agencies, other Service programs, and private interests.
The fisheries program consists of almost 800 employees nationwide, located in 65 Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Offices, 70 National Fish Hatcheries, 9 Fish Health Centers, 7 Fish Technology
Centers and a Historic National Fish Hatchery and Archives.
The program supports the only federal fish hatchery system, with extensive experience culturing
more than 100 different aquatic species.
These employees and facilities provide a network that is unique in its broad on]the]ground
geographic coverage, its array of technical and managerial capabilities, and its ability to work across
political boundaries and embrace a national perspective.
For a copy of the report, or to see the summary of the report titled Net Worth: the Economic Value of
Fisheries Conservation, please visit

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