Did you know fish can get sunburned?
When fish get sunburned, their skin sloughs off but another layer doesn't grow back. Instead, an open wound remains. With the summer heat now in full force, two ponds were drained and will remain empty until fall.
Twelve thousand of these 9" fish were sent to Lake Taneycomo and additional transports will be going out this week. The remaining fish were placed in shaded areas and oxygen will be added to the water. Our feeding pond will always remain full for children of all ages to feed the rainbows.
• • •
Approximately 320 visitors attended our 125th Anniversary Celebration last Friday. It was a momentous occasion and we are ever grateful for the support of our wonderful community.
The 418th Civil Affairs Battalion of the US Army Reserves added to the festivities with their grand presence of soldiers and military equipment. The battalion held a press conference after the morning ceremonies.
It was our honor to receive a Senate Resolution offered by Sen. Ronald Richard, a resolution presented by Rep. Bill Reiboldt and a proclamation by Neosho Mayor Richard Davidson.
• • •
Dr. Chris Barnhart, of Missouri State University, accompanied by three grad students, arrived last week with 5,800 Fat Mucket mussels to be grown here at the hatchery. Our biologists Jaime Pacheco and Justin Perkins have been experimenting with the use of Heath incubator trays and constant water flow to grow the mussels.
Normally these trays are used to hatch fish eggs. This method has proven to be successful thus far and may be used as a safe environment for endangered mussels in the near future.
• • •
The "Friends" group will meet Monday, July 22 instead of the usual Thursday. Staff members hosted a booth at the Newton County Fair as well as the 70th Carver Day Celebration last Saturday.
• • •
Local visitor of the week is Mike Snow of Neosho. Long distance visitors of the week are the Sprenger Family from West Richland, Wash.
Janice Eaton is the automation clerk at the Neosho National Fish Hatchery.