Natchitoches National Fish Hatchery

Natchitoches National Fish Hatchery

Natchitoches National Fish Hatchery

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The Natchitoches National Fish Hatchery is a federal, warm water fish hatchery located in Natchitoches, Louisiana, USA. Natchitoches is involved in spawning, hatching and rearing young fish .


Natchitoches National Fish Hatchery has 53 ponds, each approximately in area . In addition, the facility has the Harold B. Wales Environmental Education Classroom, which is used for kindergarten through twelfth grade and for teacher workshops . The classroom seats 32 students and has 16 student grade dissecting microscopes .

The Fish

Natchitoches handles six species of fish, in addition to the Alligator Snapping Turtle and the Louisiana pearlshell mussel.


The paddlefish (Polyodon spathula) is the only remaining member of the Polyodontidae family . Paddlefish are spawned and raised at Natchitoches until they are approximately six to ten inches (254 mm) in length, before they are released into the wild .

Striped Bass

Striped bass (Morone saxatilis) are members of the sea bass family. Natchitoches National Fish Hatchery is working to restore the historical range and population levels of these fish .

Pallid Sturgeon

The Pallid sturgeon (Scaphirhynchus albus) is a member of the sturgeon family. The hatchery is working to develop spawning and culture techniques to raise a large number of Pallid sturgeon . Workers at the hatchery hope to raise enough of these fish to take the species off of the Endangered Species List .

Channel Catfish

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