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Frequently Asked Questions About Fish Hatcheries
A fish hatchery – a place where fish eggs are hatched – is responsible for breeding, storing and harvesting fish eggs for state and local waters. Many even provide a variety of fish, such as trout and koi, for private owners of ponds. Whether fresh water or salt water, fish hatcheries perform artificial breeding to replenish the stock of local fish, such as shellfish, crustaceans and other components of aquaculture. Ask these important questions when trying to learn the process involved in producing and breeding fish eggs.

What is Stripping?
As part of the breeding and fertilization process, local and state fish hatchery workers release a female fish’s eggs, in a process called stripping. They combine those eggs with the male fish’s sperm, which is known as milt. Fertilization then takes place, while the mixture incubates unaffected by risk of disease, germs, or natural predators.

What do Fish Hatcheries do with the Fish When They are Finished?
Depending on the hatchery, the fish may be destined for different things, such as fish for food or as ornaments for collectors. Some hatcheries sell the fish to aquariums and fish stores for sale, or re-release game fish back into local ponds and other water to stimulate an abundance of fish for recreational fishing.

What Kinds of Fish do You Breed?
Many handle a variety of fish while others offer services for a particular type of fish, such as tropical, fresh water or salt water. These fish may include koi, steelhead trout, finfish, salmon, cod and many others.

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STANDARD LISTINGS:   FISH-HATCHERIES IN/NEAR REDDING
Shadow Lake Ranch Write review for this local business
20966 Old Alturas Rd, Redding, CA 96003
(530) 549-3688  
Mount Lassen Trout Farm Write review for this local business
20560 Lanes Valley Rd, Paynes Creek, CA 96075
(530) 474-1900  
State of California Fish & Game Dept Write review for this local business
5 Table Mountain Blvd, Oroville, CA 95965
(530) 538-2222  

Some people work at fish farms and hatcheries. This job often involves dealing with a lot of freshwater fish, like koi, trout, betta, and guppies. There are also some saltwater species involved like tropical discus breeds, cod and clownfish. When you get involved with this field, you will need to help fertilize fish eggs, and then raise various species in large ponds, tanks or aquariums. Many of these facilities have filters in order to keep pollutants and bacteria out. You will also have to provide the fish with the right food so they are raised properly. This way they can then be released into natural habitats and environments like rivers, ponds, lakes, and oceans.

There is typically some know-how and training involved with working for a fish hatchery. While you need to understand the difference between freshwater and saltwater species of fish, you also need to know how to properly care for the fish. Once they are raised, some may be sent to local pet stores for people to buy as pets, while others will be released into state park streams, ponds and local rivers. Depending on the federal regulated or state hatchery you are employed with, your job responsibilities may vary. The salary you earn will also vary depending on your level of experience, and the hatchery you work for. There are certain regulations you will need to follow when fertilizing fish eggs and raising trout, cod, and koi.

In this line of work, you are going to deal with a number of other hatchery professionals, as well as all kinds of species of fish.




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