The “Good Friends and Great Recipes” book created by Friends of the Neosho National Fish Hatchery is now available in our book store/gift shop. Cover artist Jeff Jones will be signing the cookbooks from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30. Proceeds from the sales fund the veterans, seniors and kids’ derbies. Check off names from your Christmas list by presenting these inexpensive and wonderful cookbooks.
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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Fish Health inspectors arrived this week from Onalaska, Wis., for our bi-annual aquaculture inspections. A fish health inspection is conducted to detect the presence of targeted pathogens in a defined population of fish. This is done by collecting approximately 20 live fish from each age class and dissecting and collecting samples of each one. Immediate inspections are completed and samples are taken back to Onalaska for a final “Class A” clearance of aquatic animal health. This government testing is required for the movement of live fish in interstate or international commerce.
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Assistant Manager Roderick May picked up one of the largest brood stock pallid sturgeons to date from Harrisonville. Guessed to be 20 years old, the sex and reproductive status of this fish, and six others previously collected, will be determined by ultrasound at a later date and will forecast the success of next year’s production.
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Educational Outreach Specialist Bruce Hallman gave a presentation last week to the New Century Study Group in Neosho and manned a booth for Pioneer Days at Goodman Elementary with some 270 students. Congratulations to May on bringing home the trophy for the Faithful Friends Chili Cook-off. Long distance visitors of the week are Ryan and Alana Ebbitt from Greencastle, Pa. Local visitor of the week is Harvey Lakin of Neosho who recalled ice skating on the hatchery ponds many years ago and even building a fire on the ice for a wiener roast until the fire, and he, fell through.
Janice Eaton is the automation clerk at the Neosho National Fish Hatchery.